Friday, July 18, 2008
UPDATE 07/18/08: Forensic tests have confirmed the cause of Cora Lee Suehead's death: four pit bulls. The 61-year old woman was found mauled to death near her home December 4th, 2007. The pit bulls were taken from her property and underwent DNA testing. The dogs belonged to a relative who had been living on the Suehead property. The dogs have since been destroyed; no charges were ever filed.
16 days after Cora's death, her 42-year old daughter, Tammy Cummins, was found dead in her Auburn home. It was believed to be a suicide. Now, for the third time in eight months, another death has touched the Suehead family. Walter Suehead, 70, Cora's husband, died of natural causes Sunday in an Auburn hospital. Officials for Chapel of the Hills in Auburn confirmed the report.
01/01/08: Still Determining Cause of Death
Placer County, CA - 61-year old Cora Lee Suehead was found mauled to death by animals near her home on December 4th, 2007. It is suspected that her pit bulls are to blame. Four of the pit bulls were removed from her property and underwent DNA sampling. Authorities know the dogs attacked her, but they cannot determine if they attacked her before or after she died.
A veterinarian commented: "At this point, there is nothing to indicate that animals contributed to her death. But there is certainly evidence that animals damaged her body after death." So far, local autopsy results have proven inconclusive. Officials now must send samples to the Department of Justice and toxicology. It may take two months to get the results.
In a related tragedy, 16 days later, 42-year old Tammy Cummins was found dead in her Auburn, California home. Tammy was Cora's daughter. Close friends said Cummins may have been despondent over the death of her mother. A toxicology report on Cummins will not be available for a few weeks. As it stands, causes for both deaths are unknown.
02/22/08: Placer County Woman's Death Still A Mystery
12/22/07: Family's Second Mystery Death in Month
12/07/07: Foreshill Woman's Autopsy is 'Inconclusive'
12/06/07: Dogs May Have Killed Placer County Woman
| 7/18/2008 5:13 PM |
Today's Sac Bee article, 'Husband of Foresthill Woman Killed by Pit Bulls Also Dies,' reports that, "The dogs were destroyed Feb. 29 after state forensics tests confirmed the animals had attacked the woman, said Sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Ausnow."
| 5/08/2009 10:34 PM |
I grew up next door to the Suehead family. Aunt Cora will be greatly missed. Actually, a number of Suehead's have died in recent years. Walter, Cora, Jeff, James, Tammy, Fred, and my first boyfriend, Joshua Suehead. Joshua died December 14, 2002 in a car accident at the age of only 21. His death has deeply grieved my entire family. If any of the Suehead family happens to read this board, please know that you have the sympathy and love of the entire Nix family.
| 6/11/2009 7:11 PM |
This disturbing information saddens me to no end. Was this the same Joshua Suehead that was dating Sandy rodes for so long? I hadn't seen Josh since we were young teenagers. I had no idea this had happened until stumbling along this post about the dogs. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you all.