Murder is afoot in Lower Hillsdale Heights.
A body was discovered in Judy Nedry’s backyard garden early this morning. The victim is a female rat of indeterminate age weighing just under one pound. The body is approximately nine inches long with a tail of commensurate length. The victim experienced puncture wounds to the neck and stomach. There were signs of a struggle and evidence that the victim had been severely mauled. Fur of the corpse was covered with dried slobber. Although a time of death is not available, rigor was evident (except for the tail) and it is estimated that the victim died either around 7 p.m. Saturday night or approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Because the blood appeared to be fresh, forensics is leaning toward the Sunday morning time frame.
Prime suspect in the case is Omar Nedry. He was taken in for questioning at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect has an alibi for most of Saturday night and early Sunday; however, he was seen in the vicinity of the crime prior to 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Judy Nedry can vouch for his whereabouts after 7 p.m. Saturday.
Although Omar Nedry has a prior record, having killed at least three rats at or near his home in the past, he has yet to be found guilty of any crime. In one instance, his victim showed symptoms of untreated clinical depression and his death was deemed “Suicide By Cat”. In the two other known instances, Omar Nedry was protected under Lower Hillsdale Heights’s popular “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Since the only evidence against Omar at this time is circumstantial, he was released.
Several other rat murders have been reported in Lower Hillsdale Heights, pointing to the possibility of a serial killer at large in the neighborhood. Rats are advised to exercise particular caution in the neighborhood, especially in the evening and through the early morning hours. They are advised to travel in pairs or groups, and to keep their doors locked at all times. Residents are advised to call 911 if they become aware of any suspicious activity.
The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of kin. Photos may be viewed on Facebook at the Emma Golden Mysteries site.