This house on Allston Street in the Heights, where human remains were discovered in a wall on Saturday, is shown surrounded by development on March 5, 2017, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Neighbors who knew her had no idea why there was a "for sale" sign on the home she purchased in 2001 or why renovations were being done.
Cerruti lived alone but was active in the community and appeared at planning commission meetings to oppose some of the building projects near her home.
“Literally, this project is going to be in my backyard,” she said on Feb. 14, 2013, according to the Chronicle. “I’m surrounded. And I just don’t see the sense of this project. It seems like just too many apartments for such a small space.”
She appeared there “dressed in pink, with eyeglasses perched on her nose and gray hair falling past her shoulders," the Chronicle reported.
In 2015, Cerruti was reported missing.
The skeletal remains were discovered in a gap in an attic wall alongside a pair of red eyeglasses.
"The new residents on Saturday shifted a board in the attic, peered down inside a wall and saw the remains," the Chronicle reported.
It was revealed that animals had disturbed the remains.
Despite police searching the home, the cleaning out of dead cats and numerous home renovations after foreclosure, the skeleton went undiscovered.
Houston police Detective Jason Faysaid it was possible that the deceased fell into an empty space in the attic, the Chronicle reported.
The exact date of Cerruti’s disappearance remains unknown, and the skeleton has not been confirmed to be hers.