Bodies of DA staffer, granddaughter found decaying in bedroom


The decomposed bodies of two women were found inside a bedroom in Casa de Oro.

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SAN DIEGO – Two decomposed bodies discovered in an East County home Wednesday were identified as a San Diego County District Attorney staffer and her granddaughter.

A report of a foul odor emanating from a home in the 4100 block of Avoyer Place lead to the discovery of Marshelle Newby, 56, and her 16-year-old granddaughter Wednesday morning, investigators said.  Newby was a criminal legal secretary for the DA, where she worked for 23 years.

Officers found the two bodies in the back bedroom of the home at 8 a.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Kenn Nelson. They believe the bodies had been there for about a week.

"There are no signs of forced entry or a struggle,'' the lieutenant said. "There are no outstanding suspects in this case."

Friends of Newby had been trying to contact her for the past week.

"We hadn't been able to reach her by text or phone, and that wasn't like her," said Pamela Towler.

Towler and her sister went to Newby's home Wednesday morning.

"We opened the door and we smelled an odor.  We backed out and found a CHP officer," said Towler.

Investigators said CHP officers entered the home and found Newby and her granddaughter together on a bed.

"A note was found, but I can’t reveal the details or contents of that note," Nelson said.

"Everybody that ran into them just instantly loved them. They were just really lovable," said Towler. "Emily had special needs and Marshelle was raising her like her own."

She said the two moved into the neighborhood about three years ago and always seemed happy.
"Never in my lifetime would I have expected this to happen," said Towler.
The DA's Office released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that everyone is grieving and their hearts are going out to Newby's family and friends.

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