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Murder charge over Shelly death
Adrienne Shelly
Shelly lived in Manhattan with her family
A teenage construction worker has been charged with the murder of US actress Adrienne Shelly who was found dead earlier this month.

Investigators initially thought that the 40-year-old, who appeared in The Unbelievable Truth, committed suicide.

A footprint found in her Manhattan home led police to 19-year-old Diego Pillco, originally from Ecuador.

Her husband, Andrew Ostroy who found his wife's dead body, said he is devastated by her "senseless" death.


"To those closest to her, she was the best mother and step-mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ask for," he added.

The actress, who appeared alongside Matt Dillon in 2005's Factotum, was discovered hanging from the shower rod above her bathtub.

Police officers failed to find a suicide note and detected a footprint in the bath which did not match Shelly's.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said as yet the agency had not yet concluded their investigations about the cause of her death.

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