Halliburton Relative Dead in Bathtub Murder

Florida police investigating death of Jill Halliburton Su
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2014 12:34 PM CDT
Halliburton Relative Dead in Bathtub Murder

Police in Florida's Broward County have a high-profile murder on their hands: Jill Halliburton Su, a 59-year-old relative of the founder of the oil services conglomerate, was found dead in a bathtub in her waterfront mansion in Davie this week, reports ABC News. Police have ruled it a homicide but haven't commented on the cause of death or named any suspects. Su is married to a prominent entomologist at the University of Florida, Nan Yao Su, who tells police that he grew alarmed while at work Monday afternoon when he could no longer see the live feed of his home's security cameras, reports People. He says he called his adult son to check on the house, and the son made the discovery and called 911.

"The initial call came in as a possible suicide, but it became very evident that this was not a suicide, but in fact a homicide," says a police official. That it seemed like a suicide at first doesn't seem to jibe with what a pool cleaner tells WSVN: "I see the kid open the door, and he's crying, screaming hysterically, and he's telling us, 'Don't leave, you can't leave,' so I ask him, 'What's wrong? What's going on?' and he said, 'Somebody broke into my house and killed my mom.'" One of the home's glass doors had been broken and one room ransacked, say police, who are hoping neighbors' surveillance tapes might help. Dive teams were also searching a lake behind the home, reports CBS Local. (Another big murder case this week involves "altruistic filicide.")

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