While most of the country was celebrating Labor Day yesterday, one New York man was witnessing a horrific scene. He was returning home from a trip and had just landed at the airport. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, called home to reach his friend Constance Tyler who was dogsitting and after not being able to reach her, he turned on his PETCAM. It was at that moment that he saw Tyler open the window to his 11th floor apartment and jump out!
Via New York Post:
"Tyler landed in a courtyard in the back of the 19-story building, adjacent to The Morgan Library and Museum, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her body was removed around 10:20 a.m.
Sources said she did not leave a note. No criminality is suspected.
Neighbors at the Murray Hill rental complex were stunned.
“She never looked or seemed depressed to me,” said Barbara Kane, 57, a financial planner who has lived in the building 25 years. “She was always happy, always dressed to kill.
“I would see her in the elevator, and she was always smiling, always had something nice to say. I would see her with the dogs — she loved dogs. I would never have known she was depressed.”
Another resident said the woman gave no clue that she may have been struggling.
“I saw her in the elevator a few times. She was always very sweet,” the resident said. “That’s so sad.
”Some neighbors believed Tyler lived in the building, at least at one point, and walked dogs for several residents for the past several years.
Tyler, who lived in Los Angeles and Bakersfield among other places, had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last November, according to California court records.
The filing showed she had just $339.70 in checking accounts and racked up $141,519 in debt, mostly on credit cards. She listed no monthly income."
Police believe that, although none of the neighbors were aware of it, Tyler did have a history of mental health issues. She is described as an avid dog lover ad often walked dogs in the neighborhood. In 2007, a woman bearing the same name sued a now-defunct pet-sitting company for losing her beloved dog, which ended up drowning.
People, please, if you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, there is help. If you're in the United States, the number to call is 1-800-273-8255.