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 - Mystery Shrouds the Awful Death of Mrs. John...
Mystery Shrouds the Awful Death of Mrs. John Nemi Htr Charred Body Found by Her Daughter, Mrs. George Searle, Sunday Morning in the I urnace ot their Home Mystery shrouds the death of Mrs. John Nemi, which occurred either sometime during the late hours of Saturday night or tbe early hours of Sunday morning. Her body, burned almost to a crisj, was found in the furnace of her building on Piae and Bleeker street by her daughter, Mrs. George Searle, abo:it 9 o'clock Sunday morning. Suicide and murder theories have been advanced, advanced, but until the coroner bas concluded his investigation and the testimony of all the witnesses who have been called has been heard, and a more thorough investigation of the circumstances and incidents surrounding surrounding the hours of her life prior to her death has been made it would be useless to even hazzard a conjecture. conjecture. Mrs. Searle, daughter of the dead woman arose about 9 o'clock Sunday Sunday morning, not finding her mother mother in the kitches or in the sitting room, or anv place about the house, and finding the door leading to the alley open, believed that she had visited some of the neighbors, so closing the door returned to the kitchen In the basement of the building. building. Something, however. Impelled her to go into the furnace room, and there she saw evidences of her mother's mother's preparations to take a bath, Mrs. Neml havlne said she was going to no so the night before. Part of her outer clothing was on a chair In the furnace room, a tub of water had been drawn up close to the furnace and other evidence of Mrs Nemi's reparations for her bath were seen Somethlne. however, made Mrs. snrte onen the door of the furnace, which, she says, was closed. On oi-ening oi-ening oi-ening the door, she was horrified to discover that it contained the corpse of a human being. It required only a glance from her to tell her that it was her mother's charred and burned body which the furnace contained, contained, and she hastened from the room to her own, where her husband w.ts Bleeping, awakened him and informed informed him of her horrible discovery. discovery. It was an awful blow to Mrs. Searle, and has prostrated her. Neighbors were summoned by Mr. Searle, some of the women remaining remaining with his wife and doing what they could to comfort her, while he and others investigated conditions in the basement of the building and the furnace room. Coroner Hodges wa3 at once notified of the finding of the charred body of Mrs. Nemi in the furnace, and he summoned States Attorney, Parker and Sheriff Lutev, who hurried to Lead and, with the coroner, took immediate charge of the investigation which was made, and which is being conducted. After the coroner, sheriff and states attorney had arrived on the scene and a most careful and thorough thorough examination of the premises had been made, Undertaker Mead was called in and the body of the unfortunate woman removed from tbe furnace. It was found that the arms, lower limbs and a part ot the trunk had been burned to crisp, while what remained ot the body had been so charred and burned as to be almost unrecogniz able as that of a human. What re mained of the poor, charred body was tenderly lifted from the furnace and removed to the undertaking rooms across the alley and given at tention by kindly hands. From the (Continued to page 5.)

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  1. Lead Daily Call,
  2. 08 Dec 1919, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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