(NewsCore) The body of a doctor was found by California authorities wedged inside a chimney at her boyfriend's home after she tried to sneak into his house, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, was believed to have been stuck in the chimney for three days before being discovered by a woman who was house-sitting the property in Bakersfield, about 110 miles (177km) north of Los Angeles, police said.
The Bakersfield Police Department said Kotarac, who died of asphyxiation, had an "on-again, off-again" relationship with the man and had gone to the address last week, but he wouldn't let her in.
Authorities believe that she then climbed on to the roof and slid down the chimney, but her boyfriend had already left the house in a bid to "avoid a confrontation."
NBC affiliate KGET.com named her boyfriend as William Moodie, 58 -- the owner of a petroleum engineering company -- and reported that Kotarac ran an internal medicine practice seeing as many as 200 patients a week.