Just a few days ago, we reported on the tragic death of indie actress Adrienne Shelly
, best known for her roles in Hal Hartley's films The Unbelievable Truth
. Shelly was found hanging from a shower curtain rod in the bathroom of her New York City office, and initial reports indicated police suspected it was a suicide. Now WCBS-TV in New York City reports that police are calling Shelly's death a murder
, and that they have a suspect in custody. We heard from a tipper earlier this morning that police had found sneaker prints not matching Shelly's in the bathtub, and that they were investigating angles other that suicide. No suicide note was found, and Shelly had just wrapped directing the film Waitress
, which she had reportedly submitted to the Sundance Film Festival.
According to WCBS sources, police have in custody a construction worker who allegedly punched the 5'2" actress after she complained about the noise he was making, killing her. He then allegedly dragged Shelly's body back to her office and hung it from the shower rod in an attempt to make it look like a suicide. Shelly, who has a three-year-old daughter, Sophie, was found by her husband, Andy Ostoy. The medical examiner's office has yet to officiallly rule on the cause of death. We'll keep you posted.
[Thanks to Hot Tipper "NS", who pointed us to the WCBS story in the comments of our previous story about Shelly.]