Woman's body found in boyfriend's chimney

Woman's body found in boyfriend's chimney

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A housesitter found a dead woman stuck in a chimney over the weekend.

Police said Monday that they don't suspect foul play.

All of the evidence indicates the woman voluntarily got on the roof using a permanent ladder, removed the chimney cap and slid down the flue feet first.

Authorities have only identified the "badly decomposed body" as that of a blonde woman, but people calling themselves family members said Monday that she was a doctor who practiced internal medicine in Bakersfield.

The body was found Saturday night in a home on La Mirada Drive in Bakersfield. The person who discovered the body was at the house to care for the homeowner's fish. The person smelled the woman's body and found her stuck about 2 feet above the interior opening of the fireplace.

Authorities had to bust up the chimney to get the woman's body out.

Neighbors said Monday that the woman's boyfriend lived at the home.

They said she went missing Wednesday, and they became worried when they found some of her personal items, such as her purse and cell phone, in the home's backyard.