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Realtor tipped off police to NoHo 'mummy'

December 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A real estate agent is caught up in a gruesome discovery at a home in North Hollywood. The real estate agent says she became suspicious when the man refused to let her take some pictures inside the home. That led to the gruesome discovery.At first sight of the North Hollywood home, it was clear to mortgage specialist Michelle Andrade there was something wrong. The man living there had called her to help refinance the property. But Robert Hunt was not the owner.

"He said the only problem he had was that his mom was the only one that was on title, and I stated that I needed a death certificate. He said that he did not have one," said Andrade.

Andrade became more suspicious of Hunt when he wouldn't let her inside the home to take pictures.

"He allowed me to take pictures of the outside of his house. He asked me if he could borrow my camera and he would take the pictures for me, so he did. He took pictures of the inside except for one bedroom," said Andrade.

It turns out Hunt had good reason not to take pictures of that one bedroom. It is where he was keeping his dead mother, something to which he eventually confessed.

"That's when he told me he needed to be up front with me, and let me know that he was probably not going to be able to obtain the death certificate; that nobody knew, but the mom was still in the house, deceased," said Andrade

Once Andrade got over the shock of what Hunt had told her, she realized she had to do something. She was afraid there could be even more to his story. She was the one who went to police.

"I really did not know what to do. I didn't really want to be involved, but at the same time, I was. And I thought, 'If this goes further, I will be involved,' "said Andrade.

Police are now investigating to determine how the woman died. Hunt told Andrade his mother died of natural causes in February 2006, more than two years ago. And she believes him.

"I believe he just really loved his mom. I didn't get any kind of feeling he had anything to do with her death," said Andrade.

Police will have the final say on what happened in the home. In the meantime, Michelle Andrade gets chills when she considers the possible reasons why Hunt would keep his dead mother in the home for so long.


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