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Body found in same Houston home where a rapper allegedly held a woman captive for years

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January 10, 2024

Less than two months after a pregnant woman was rescued from a Houston home where she’d allegedly been held against her will for at least four years, another woman was found dead in that same house, officials said Tuesday.

The body of Catherine Roberts, 61, was recovered on July 5 from the Perry Street home where suspect Lee Arthur Carter, 52, allegedly imprisoned a woman, Houston police and Harris County medical examiner representatives both told NBC News.

Roberts had been living in the same converted garage where authorities say the pregnant woman had been held, neighbor Jedediah Beights said.

Roberts died from alcoholic liver disease and hepatitis C, complicated by internal bleeding, according to medical examiner records.

Beights, 44, had believed Roberts was the same person who the rap artist Carter had allegedly kidnapped before an April 7 rescue by first responders after the victim used the defendant’s computer to call 911.

However, Houston police insist the rescued woman is alive, with sheriff’s deputies having last spoken to her on Wednesday.

A Houston man was arrested and accused of keeping a homeless woman prisoner in his garage for at least four years. (KPRC)

A Houston man was arrested and accused of keeping a homeless woman prisoner in his garage for at least four years. (KPRC)

“The victim in that case is alive and well,” Houston police spokesperson Shay Awosiyan said. “She was found to be in good health did not appear to be in any danger. She’s alive and well.”

As far as Houston police are concerned, Roberts’ death has nothing to do with the ongoing kidnapping probe and Carter is not being investigated for that summertime death.

“It wasn’t ruled a homicide, it was a natural cause so there wouldn’t be any (police) investigation,” Awosiyan said. “It wasn’t a homicide. The alleged kidnapping is its own investigation.”

When pressed about the alleged kidnapping and death unfolding at the same address, Awosiyan chalked it up to unrelated coincidence.

“I can only tell you what we know for facts: I am saying these are two incidents,” he said. “One was reported in April and then the other incident happened in July, the DOA call to that residence. As of right now, it’s different incidents.”

A spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday declined comment on any connection between the kidnapping case and Roberts’ death.

Carter’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday. But the defense lawyer previously said on Monday that his client did not kidnap the woman and that they’re actually in a “romantic relationship” with a child together. A criminal complaint filed against Carter does not delve into the matter, and authorities have declined to offer details beyond the document.

Carter was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated kidnapping before he was released on a $100,000 bond.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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