Capron Woman Dead, Son in Custody

By: Max Seigle Email
By: Max Seigle Email

The Capron Luthern Church was a place where Phyllis Rath spent much her time. But on Tuesday night, it was time for her friends and family to pay their final respects at her funeral...five days after her body was found in her home. "There must have been four of five cop cars down there. We didn't really know what was going on," said Neighbor Matt Hawes. Rath lived at the East Street home with her 56-year-old son David. He is now in custody, charged with strangling his mother. All that remains of a crime scene is this small piece of police tape on a bush near the front door. People who saw the mother and son around town at places like the Village Cafe say nothing ever seemed out of sorts between the two. "It's usually an every Saturday thing. They come and have breakfast. He'd usually help her in and from my understanding helped her up the steps when they went to church," said Neighbor Kenneth Hawes. Hawes says it's mindboggling to hear about these murder charges. "I find it hard to believe what you're telling me is true about her son. I personally won't believe it and won't until it's proven." It's disbelef that's taking over this small town...unaccustomed to hearing such horrific accusations. The Boone County Sheriff's office initially they told us that Rath was found inside her home sitting on a chair, and died of natural causes. They also say her son tried to commit suicide after her death. Police later changed their story after an autopsy revealed death by strangulation. Police aren't saying yet what led them to charge David Rath in the murder. He is currently in jail on a one million dollar bond.


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