New owners of home find human remains in wall

HOUSTON (AP) - The new owners of a Houston bungalow have discovered human remains in an attic wall that may belong to the previous owner who went missing at least two years ago.

The residents were moving into the home Saturday when they found a gap in the wall and discovered bones.  Authorities are trying to determine if the remains are those of 61-year-old Mary Cerruti.

A bank foreclosed on her home in 2015 after mortgage payments had stopped. Liens on the property were settled, the house was cleaned out and it was later placed on the market.

Police Detective Jason Fay tells the Chronicle that it's not clear if the victim was killed and placed in the wall, or may have tripped and fallen into the space.