Officials on Friday filed murder charges against a man they say smothered his ailing sister to death after an argument and then lived in a house with her decomposing body for eight months.
John G. Zajic, 57, was arrested Wednesday, ending a search that was part of what Police Chief Pete Land described as a "very strange" death investigation.
Police went to the house Feb. 20 after neighbors reported they could hear a dog whining in the house and had not seen Zajic or his older sister, Mary Ann, for several weeks.
Police walked through the unkempt house and found the body of Mary Ann Zajic, 60, laying on the floor of a filthy bedroom, the legs of her corpse covered by a trash bag
, court records state.
Neighbors told police they seldom saw Mary Ann, who had suffered a stroke several years ago, and that John Zajic told them in the fall that his sister had gone to stay with friends in Arizona.
Zajic told police that sometime in August he argued with his sister, who was upset about his inability to find a job
. Enraged, Zajic held a pillow over her face until she stopped moving.
He stayed at the house with the body because "he didn't want to lose his sister and that he needed someone by him,
" court records state. Zajic said he used $2,000 from his sister's bank account to pay bills after her death.