MELBOURNE, Fla. — Bank contractors, inspectors and even the new owner of a foreclosed home walked past the silver Chevy Nova in the garage numerous times before discovering the former homeowner — dead on the front seat.
After the 57-year-old woman was found, possibly more than a year after her death, it took law enforcement officials months more to positively identify Kathryn Norris Kunzweiler’s skeletal remains.
Now, after DNA testing on a strand of hair, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has closed the case and ruled out foul play. Instead, the investigative report paints a picture of a lonely, disabled woman who hoarded furniture, boxes and paperwork and eventually became a victim of her own paranoia.
“During most of my investigations, I find myself learning that most neighbors don’t know much about each other,” said homicide agent Marlon Buggs, who led the investigation. “Society has changed, and neighbors don’t communicate like they did in the past.
“In this case, she was a solitary person who was unemployed, twice divorced and did not have any close friends or children.”
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