Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tenants Should Leave Nothing Behind When Moving Out

Ohio landlord finds dismembered body in bathtub
Apr 03 2012


This undated photo provided by the Butler County Sheriff Department shows Kandis Forney. Forney is one of five people arrested after the body of 21-year-old Jessica Rae Sacco was found Friday, March 30, 2012 in her Urbana, Ohio apartment. Matthew Puccio, who lived with Sacco, is accused of killing her. Forney and 3 others are accused of watching the killing. One participated in the dismemberment. (AP Photo/Butler County Sheriff Department)

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A landlord who found a woman's dismembered remains in her bathtub said he had felt compelled to break into the locked bathroom after her worried mother came looking for her.

Gary Zerkle told reporters on Tuesday that 21-year-old Jessica Sacco's mother arrived at Sacco's Urbana home last Thursday, concerned she had not heard from her daughter in days.

Zerkle found Sacco's remains the next morning. Police say Sacco's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Matthew Puccio, had stabbed her, placed a bag over her head and suffocated her. They say Sacco was then dismembered, with some body parts found miles away in Kentucky.

Zerkle was having the house emptied on Tuesday by a crew that wore white protective gear and facemasks and placed items in a large refuse container. He said he plans to have the bathroom gutted.

"I can't go in there thinking about what happened," he said.

Crews were disposing of almost everything but salvaged Sacco's birth certificate and a baby book. Zerkle said he plans to return them to her mother.

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