(PHOTOS) Melissa Joy Dietzel Found Dead In A Tree After Going To Australia For Nanny Job

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The remains of Melissa Joy Dietzel, 22, of Redlands, California, were found by a tree cutter in Australia after reports of a foul smell coming from the tree.  This is the weirdest and most puzzling story.  Check out the photos and details behind her mysterious death here…

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The decomposing body of Melissa Joy Dietzel found 30ft up an oak tree in Australia has been identified as a missing U.S. tourist who was working abroad as a live-in nanny and allegedly committed suicide.  Melissa Joy Dietzel Dietzel –  was identified through missing person’s records, dental details and her U.S. clothing – had not been living in the tree before her death, despite reports to the contrary, police said.  The tree and the fence underneath it have since been removed after they became contaminated by Ms Dietzel’s decaying body. Her death is not being treated as suspicious but instead as a suicide.

The young woman was found with long brown hair and a black hair clip holding a plastic flower. She was wearing an Outlaw green jumper, a No Boundaries top and Jasmine USA leggings.  Detectives said on finding the body that it had decomposed so much that the fingerprints might not even be visible. Residents were perplexed when the body was brought down from the tree.

Danyane Bowing, 35, who lived next door to the tree, said she thought the woman may have walked through her garden around New Year’s Eve and climbed her fence into the tree.  She told the Sydney Morning Herald:

‘I’m no expert on decomposing bodies in summer time. But when I went out around the start of the New Year I remember thinking something smelled dead.’

Ms Dietzel, who was working as a nanny in Sydney but let go by her host family, came from a very large family with around eight siblings. She had been missing for more than a month when found.

  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see www.samaritans.org for details
  • In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255


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