The frozen body of a 44-year-old Manassas woman, missing since Monday, was found 15 feet from her front door by her daughter-in-law on Wednesday, a Prince William County police official said yesterday.
A state medical examiner said that Annie Bell Graziose had died on Monday, a day when the low temperature was 18 degrees.
She was found lying next to the side of her two-room frame house in about three inches of snow, clad in a sweater, slacks and one shoe., police said. Her other shoe was 20 feet away in the driveway in front of the house.
Police said that Mrs. Graziose had a chronic back ailment that required a neck brace and was on prescribed pain-killing medication. They said there was no sign of injury and no indication that she had fallen. An autopsy report on the cause of death is to be completed next week.
Mrs. Graziose was last seen by her husband Michael, a butcher at a nearby store, when he left for work at 9 a.m. Monday. She was not home when he returned at 5 p.m., police said.
Graziose told the Associated press that he called police Monday night to report his wife missing. He said his wife had had five spinal disc operations and was in constant pain.
Graziose and his son, Michael, checked with neighbors on Tuesday.The son and his wife searched a field behind the Graziose's home on Wednesday, and she found the body when they returned from their search.
Graziose said his wife "would usually go next door to visit, but she was usually home by the time I got home," according to the Associated Press.
"I have thought of everything. I just don't know what could have happened," he said. "Whoever would have thought to look at the side of the house?"