A 59-year-old woman was killed in front of a home where she was taking care of an elderly couple in southeast Texas and police are blaming wild hogs for the death.
Christine Marie Rollins, 59, was discovered Sunday morning laying in the front yard of a residence in Anahuac, a small town east of Houston in Chamber County.
"In my 35 years, I will tell you it's one of the worst things I've ever seen," Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told reporters on Monday.
According to a release from the Chambers County Sheriff's Department, Rollins had been working as a caretaker for the elderly owners of the home where her body was discovered. When she failed to show up for work on Sunday, one of the homeowners checked outside and saw the 59-year-old's body on the ground between her vehicle and the front door.
"Preliminary investigation reveals Rollins was the caretaker of an elderly couple who lives at the home. When Rollins didn’t show up at the normal time, the 84 year old homeowner went outside and found her laying in the yard between her vehicle and the home’s front door," the release stated. "When deputies arrived they found Rollins deceased, with multiple injuries to her body. It appears that she has an injury to her head that is consistent with a fall, but she also has numerous injuries that appear to be animal related."
"At this time detectives are unable to determine if she collapsed due to a medical condition and the fall caused the head injury, or if the animals may have caused the fall and contributed to her death. But, at this time, we have no reason to believe that there is any foul play involved in her death," said Sheriff Hawthorne.
Foul play is not suspected in Rollins' death. An autopsy determined that Rollins died of blood loss due to a feral hog assault. The homeowner's dogs are thought to have run the feral hogs off, Hawthorne said.
"No doubt in my mind that it was multiple animals, and we can tell that from the different sizes of the bites," he said.
"This is a very rare incident — [from] just what little research we have found there's less than six of these that have been reported in the nation," he said.
Photo: Chambers County Sheriff Department