Melissa Joy Dietzel was discovered in a tree in Sydney, Australia last month. Her body was discovered in a decomposed state reportedly 30 feet in the air. This horrifying discovery left many scratching their heads in wonder, and even the identity of the woman wasn't revealed until last week.
The family of Melissa Joy Dietzel believe that she took her own life. It's reported that she had a rope tied around her neck, which is a dead giveaway that she'd committed suicide. Her mother says that her brother took his own life in the same manner in 2009. But why would Melissa be suicidal?
Aside from suffering from bipolar disorder, the young woman had also appeared to fall on some really tough luck. She left her home in California to be a "nanny" in Australia. This seems like an ideal travel job for anybody with a wanderlust and a tolerance of taking care of other people's kids, so it was obviously a happy span in the woman's life. However, the family sponsoring her fired her. The family told her family that she was "exhibiting bizarre behavior," so they had to let her go.
In result, this left Melissa Joy Dietzel homeless and without work. She was reportedly living in the tree from which she hung herself. It's not known precisely when she died, but she fell out of contact with her family sometime before the Christmas season. She may have been dead by then.
It seems odd that the young woman would kill herself instead of calling her family to come back home to the States, but something her father had said kind of stands out in a strange way. It seems that one of her sisters was getting married last Thursday, and the father had a chance to identify the remains then. However, he chose to "pretend" everything was okay for his other daughter's wedding and put off the identification until days later. Could this be indicative of a family nature that led this woman to not seek help from her loved ones? You would figure a parent who knows their child is missing would jump at any phone call and any meeting they could get with authorities over their missing loved ones. This doesn't seem to be the case.
While the father of Melissa Joy Dietzel blames the incident on bipolar disorder, which he admits runs in their family, home environment probably played a small role as well. To be opinionated, it truly seems like this young woman was scared, ashamed or put off in some way from calling her family in her time of dire need.
Chelsea Hoffman is a prolific crime writer and fiction author with several works published. Her writing has been recognized by such entities as NBC Dateline and several others. Contact her directly by visiting ChelseaHoffman.Com.