A friend of Hugh’s convinced him to contact the police after hearing about the body found half a mile away from his home. Hugh claimed that he had not seen his wife in 12 days (since October 2) but was not worried as she would regularly leave for long periods of time.
He identified the body as Dian’s after officials showed him the bracelets that had been found on the corpse. Authorities were automatically suspicious of Hugh since he had not reported his wife missing. Although their suspicions increased after he changed an important part of his statement.
Initially, he claimed the dogs returned home with their leashes on. However, after finding out Dian was killed with a leash, he claimed they had no leashes on.
Hugh said he wasn’t worried about Dian’s whereabouts because he thought she had gone to Colorado or Orange County to visit her Swami. According to Hugh, Dian wanted to seek condolences over the death of one of her beloved dogs, an Afghan named Ratzelle. This was because Dian, who claimed to be able to predict the future, had a dream that told her if anything happened to Ratzelle she’d also die.
Dian’s husband claimed it was a disgrace that they were considering the case a homicide. He believed she had died from an aneurysm, for which she regularly forgot to take the medication she needed to treat it. Hugh was eventually deemed innocent and Dian’s murder became a cold case.