Man goes home after hospital stay to find girlfriend dead in suspected homicide

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After five days of treatment at an area hospital, a Kansas City man returned home and made a grisly discovery Monday evening, according to police.

Thomas Jester, 73, says he opened the door and found the body of his dead girlfriend, 51-year-old Julie Auclair, whom he'd dated for 10 years, according to WDAF-TV.

Police say they are investigating the case as a suspected homicide. KCPD Spokesperson Darin Snapp confirmed that a person of interest was taken into custody, but no charges had been filed as of Tuesday evening.

Jester had been a patient at Truman Medical Center since the previous Thursday. He says he was beside himself with grief upon finding Auclair's body, which, according to him, was pushed into a corner of his living room with an end table on top of it. Jester says he ran to the home next door to call police.

"I want to know exactly who did it and what happened," Jester told WDAF on Tuesday.

At first, Jester says he believed she was merely passed out drunk. There were no signs of forced entry into the home, and no signs of trauma on Auclair's remains, which, he says, were cold to the touch.

"I can't believe what I walked into. It dropped me. It tore me up," Jester said.

"Whenever I came over last night, he was in tears," Sharon Jester, Thomas' sister-in-law, said. "I've never seen anything like that. I can only imagine how he felt when he saw it. I believe (Auclair) should get justice for what has happened to her."

Sharon Jester described Auclair as being kind and considerate, saying she'd be missed.

If you have information that can help police, please call Kansas City Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.