Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:48 PM by Bart Bedsole - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 12:34 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The dismembered remains of a 77 year old woman were found buried in her backyard early Tuesday morning.
Police initially got a call from the son of Joanne Christy, who lives in San Antonio.
The son said he was concerned about the welfare of his mother, whom he hadn't spoken with for a while.
Neither he nor police had any idea what they would find at the home on Bentwood near Carroll High School.
Joanne Christy's remains would finally be hauled away around 2am Tuesday, a full 8 hours after the initial officer arrived at her house.
A CCPD spokesman confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the body was not intact, but dismembered.
Crime scene workers in special suits spent most of the night going through the backyard, digging up Christy's remains from a shallow grave.
Neighbors say the victim was quiet, but pleasant.
Robin Palmer said, "She was just a petite sweet little old lady. She kept to herself."
It was such a grisly scene that District Attorney Mark Skurka came out Tuesday morning to see it for himself, but couldn't release any further details.
The victim's grandson, David Christy, lives with her.
Police initally couldn't find him monday, but he later led officers on a foot chase through the Dolphin's Landing apartment complex nearby, and even fought with one of the officers before being arrested.
However, he is not charged in his grandmother's death.
"Nobody's in custody for anything related to what was found in the backyard," explained CCPD spokesman Kirk Stowers.
Just about every neighbor on Bentwood said David seemed unstable, and then suspect he had something to do with this.
"He would be walking back and forth, everyday, every night, yelling at the trees or whatever, you know," says neighbor Isabel Sauceda, "he would talk to himself and just look nuts. And if you pass by him, he would just... creepy. Creepy creepy."
There is no official cause of death yet, and police won't say when they believe the body was buried.
"I would just say that most of us are dumbfounded," says Palmer.
David Christy remains in jail tonight, charged only with Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a Peace Officer.
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