Warren County residents on edge after deaths on back-to-back days

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 5:41 PM

(KMOV.com) — After two deaths in two days, some residents in Warren County are on edge.

Saturday a car crash on a quiet rural road left one man dead. Investigators are still searching for the driver.

Less than 48 hours later and a hundred yards up the road, officers found a woman’s body her driveway believed to have frozen to death.

The woman has been identified as 68-year-old Carol Rakonic, but some who knew her tell say she also went by about four or five other names as well.

On Monday, deputies find the body of Rakonic lying in her driveway. 

It’s believed she slipped and fell and died from exposure.

Patty McCartney lived next door to Rankonic and says she and her husband had known her for years, having her over for dinner nearly every night. She says Rakonic considered her her best friend.

She last saw her on Saturday night, two days before her body was discovered.

“She was a good person really. She helped a lot of people,” McCartney said. 

Rakonic was also a troubled person.

“She said a lot of things. Some of the stuff you could believe, some of the stuff you know, you couldn’t believe,” McCarthy added. 

Rakonic had been in trouble in the past for animal hoarding.

She lived on her nine acre plot of land with more than a dozen dogs and three cats. At least one dog lived in a school bus on the property.

The Humane Society of Missouri rescued the animals Wednesday, and are treating them in St. Louis.

“There was a trailer that housed several animals and then there were outside kennels that the animals were in,” said Mike Perkins with the Humane Society of Missouri. “None of the animals outside had any water.”

Police know what happened to Rakonic, but there are still questions about the fatal crash. If residents have any information, they are asked to conact the Sheriff's Department. 

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