Exeter woman found dead in home
A quiet cul-de-sac in Exeter turned into a crime scene Tuesday morning after a woman was found dead in her home.
Lt. Celis Rabena said the Exeter Police Department received a call just after 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 that a woman was found dead in her home in the 500 block of Lone Oak Court. Rabena said family members had made several attempts to contact the woman and when she did not return their calls, they decided to go to her home on Tuesday morning.
“The family members entered the home, saw the deceased and then backed out of the home to call the police,” Rabena said.
Rabena said the case is being investigated as a suspicious death and that they had not ruled out homicide or suicide as of press time. He did confirm the woman lived alone and was found next to the weapon. Neighbors said they throught they overheard she was stabbed to death, but were unsure. Rabena said an autopsy to determine the cause of death has been scheduled for later this week.
Police would only identify the woman as a 41-year-old female, but property records show the house was owned by John and Kelli Dias. Neighbors said they only knew Kelli by her first name and said she was a “very nice lady.”
Gino Galli, who lives next door to Dias, said she mostly kept to herself but was not anti-social. Galli, who said he has only lived on the street for about a year, said Dias would decorate her house for Halloween and Christmas, did all of her own yard work and always had her children well groomed and well dressed.
“I know I couldn’t keep up with her, doing everything by herself and taking care of four kids,” Galli said. “She was just a nice lady and real together person.”
One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said Dias had two twin girls about 5-years-old and two boys between the ages of 8 and 11. He said the boys would play basketball in front of the house at the end of the cul-de-sac and ride their bicycles around the neighborhood. He also said the children did not live with their mother full time and that she had recently been taken to the hospital by ambulance.
“We had some common ground we could share and she was always very nice and friendly to me,” he said. “She had a beautiful family and she took great care of her children. But she also had some problems.”
If anyone has any information about this case, they should contact the Exeter Police Department at 559-592-3103.