Kathy Durst was 29 when she disappeared from the couple’s New York State home in January 1982.
New York prosecutors have begun prosecuting matter In a grand jury against real estate heir Robert Durst for the death of his ex-wife, who went missing decades ago.
Cathy Durst was 29 when she disappeared from the couple’s South Salem, New York, home in January 1982. No one was ever charged in the case, and he was pronounced legally dead in 2017.
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Durst, 78, was sentenced last week to life in Los Angeles County for the 2000 murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman. Prosecutors said Durst killed Berman because she was going to talk with investigators about how she helped cover up Cathy Durst’s death.
Authorities reopened the Cathy Durst case in 1999.
Durst was in a wheelchair for most of his testing and was hospitalized on a ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19, his lawyers said.
A grand jury in Westchester County, New York, was paneled last week and has begun hearing witness testimony in the Cathy Durst case, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment to Granthshala News on the matter.
Granthshala News has also contacted Durst’s lawyers.
Real estate heirs have faced several legal problems over the years. He was acquitted of manslaughter during his stay at a Texas boarding house, but was found guilty of biting him and throwing his remains into the sea.
Prosecutors allege that Durst hid in Texas under a pseudonym to avoid potential criminal charges after investigators reopened the case for his missing wife and killed the man after discovering her true identity.
Before sentencing last week, Los Angeles County prosecutors requested Durst to explain what happened to Berman and his wife in order to close their families.