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Female doctor found dead in firefighter fiance's home — just years after his previous fiancee died by 'suicide'
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Female doctor found dead in firefighter fiance's home — just years after his previous fiancee died by 'suicide'

A Missouri physician unexpectedly died in a St. Louis firefighter's home. The twist is that she is the second woman to be discovered dead in the home, which has raised questions.

Dr. Sarah Sweeney, 39, originally from West Virginia, had recently opened up her own practice in St. Louis, according to Fox News Digital. Sweeney was the fiancee of the man whose home she was discovered dead in, and her death is now under investigation.

The authorities discovered Sweeney's body at 6:39 a.m. on January 13. She did not have any "apparent signs of trauma," according to the Frontenac police.

Sweeney's body was initially found by her fiance, local fire captain Robert Daus, according to Sweeney's mother, Teresa Sweeney. While Sweeney was getting her own practice set up, she met Daus while working an emergency room shift.

The New York Post reported that Daus is listed as the person who called 911 to report that Sweeney was dead. The frightening twist to the development is that four years ago, in July 2020, Daus had called the authorities from his previous address in Creve Coeur to report that his then-fiancee, Grace Holland, had apparently shot herself in front of him.

Holland was a mother of four, and it was later determined that she had died by suicide. Her family disputed the claims, suggesting that she was right-handed, but the gunshot wound was in her left temple.

Fox News Digital reported that Holland's $20,000 engagement ring initially appeared in crime scene photos, but it later disappeared. It was never found.

The Holland family sued Daus for wrongful death. The Post reported that leading up to Holland's death, Daus had control of her finances and threatened to end their relationship multiple times.

The Holland family also suspected that Daus may have abused Grace. One of Holland's relatives allegedly heard Daus tell Holland that "my brothers in blue are not going to do anything to me. I've already taken care of that."

There were text messages obtained as part of the lawsuit that shined a light on the couple's rocky relationship. In one message, Daus wrote "I absolutely cannot b w [sic] you. I’m not marrying you.”

The wrongful death lawsuit is still ongoing.

An attorney representing Holland's family did not immediately respond to comment, per the Post.

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