Father of 39-year-old pregnant daycare operator arrested after her body found in their basement

Police have arrested the father of a pregnant woman whose body was found stuffed into a crawlspace in the basement of her New York home early Wednesday morning.

Police found the body of Andrea Caruth, 39, in the basement of her home Wednesday morningThe body of 39-year-old Andrea Caruth was found around 2am in the basement crawlspace of her Corsa Avenue home in Baychester after authorities detected a ‘rank smell’ coming from a closet, the New York Daily News reported.

Caruth’s 61-year-old father, who lived in a downstairs apartment of the home, has not been charged with any crime.

He has asked authorities for an attorney, sources told the Daily News.

A plywood board above the crawlspace covered the homemade grave where Caruth’s body was dumped and partially covered with gravel, sources told the Daily News.

Caruth, who was five months pregnant, was last seen by her live-in boyfriend, Lincoln Grant, 44, Sunday at the home, around 10.30am. He told police that she never returned after going downstairs to get dressed.

He reported her missing when he hadn’t heard from her and claims that she’d left all of her possessions behind, WPIX reported.

The Daily News reported that investigators found spattered blood in the father’s apartment.

Investigators were interviewing Grant as well as her father about the death.

Using a cadaver dog after suspecting foul play was involved with Caruth’s disappearance, police went through the home as soon as they obtained a search warrant.

Authorities are also checking her cell phone, which was recovered inside of the home, along with the Grant’s for any possible clues.

As the investigation continued Wednesday, the deceased woman’s sister, Patricia Caruth, is defending her father.

‘My father is a loving man,’ Patricia told the Daily News. ‘He just wants what’s best for his children. We all get along.’

Prior to the discovery of her body, police searched the nearby area for clues in her disappearance.

The day of her disappearance, Caruth, who was a day care operator, was scheduled to have brunch with her best friend, Julia McCall.

‘It’s mind-boggling,’ McCall told NBC New York prior to the discovery of her friend’s body. ‘Her car is here, wallet, keys, phone, credit cards, pocketback. Even heavy jacket.’

Her family and friends said it was unlike her to disappear without notifying anyone of where she was going.

They said she was happy about the pregnancy, as it was going to be her first child.

‘She was very excited,’ McCall told NBC New York. ‘It’s her first child, she even had a name picked out.’

Ashante Jones,  parent whose daughter attended the ‘Kiddie College’ day care operated by Caruth, said ‘she was a wonderful person.’

‘She was a beautiful person, a wonderful person,’ the 29-year-old mother told the Daily News.

‘She was so helpful. She was selfless. She was pregnant, and just beginning her life, and I was so happy for her.’

Another friend, Leticia Emestica, said that Caruth was ‘very successful’ and that she loved the children at her day care.

Since losing her best friend, McCall wrote on Facebook Wednesday, ‘I am so broken I am crush (sic) no words’ and ‘my friend was found dead this morning.’

The Medical Examiner will conduct and autopsy and determine her cause of death.

Source: The DailyMail

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