VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Police are investigating the death of a woman found off Loretta Lane in Virginia Beach Thursday morning. The woman lived in an area known as "tent city," a homeless area located in the woods.
The medical examiner is trying to figure out how Caralynn Jo Crawford died. The 48-year-old was found by her fiancé when they woke up Thursday morning in their tent.
Crawford lived with Don Tuttle in a "tent city" tent off Birdneck Road. We've been covering the plight of the homeless in this area for months. The City had forced many of them from the woods off Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. Crawford had actually moved to some private property on Loretta Lane to camp after she was kicked out of another area.
"I wish I had one more time to say I love you," Tuttle said. He and his fiancé met four years ago at a dog show. They would live at the Judeo Christian Outreach Center.
Thursday morning Tuttle called police to Loretta Lane where they were currently living when she was unresponsive. "She was a large part of my world," he said.
Crawford, a former nurse, was dead. It is possible she suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Tuttle also says she had COPD which is a lung disorder and causes labored breathing. She also had asthma.
"We both went to bed last night, but when I woke up, and she was not responsive," Tuttle said.
Frantically, Tuttle fumbled for his cell phone, but he knew she was dead. "When I touched her, I realized how icy cold she was," Tuttle added.
A hard life was over, and Tuttle can't think how he will go on without Crawford.
"Without her, I still don't know what I will do...he told me to come up here because he didn't want me to be alone," Tuttle said. "He" is Tony Quitaro who manages the Corner Wash. Tuttle and Crawford did odd jobs around the wash for spending money. Quitaro was touched by Crawford's death too, "She always went back and brought up food to people...she was very Christian about that."
Tuttle and Crawford always had a rule when they left the woods.
"We had a rule. We never left without saying 'I love you.' I wish I had one more chance to tell you that. I didn't get that chance. One more chance, that's all I needed," Tuttle said with tears running down his face.
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