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When Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, crawled into the chimney of her alleged “on again-off again” boyfriend last Wednesday night she was not bringing presents.

After trying to force her way into her boyfriend’s home by way of chimney last week, her body was found decomposing there three days later.

According to Bakersfiled California police,  Kotarac entered the chimney after a failed attempt to gain access to the home with a shovel.

After removing the chimney cap, the Dr. slid feet first in the chimney opening and apparently got stuck.

While she was trying to break in, the man she was after escaped the house “to avoid a confrontation,” authorities said.

Kotarac apparently died in the chimney, but her body was not discovered until a house sitter noticed a repugnant odor coming from the fireplace Saturday, and  found the woman’s body lodged between the bricks.

Police would not identify her alleged boyfriend but the man who resides at the house, William Moodie, 58, offered this statement,

“She made an unbelievable error in judgment and nobody understands why, and unfortunately she’s passed away. She had her issues – she had her demons – but I never lost my respect for her.”

It took firefighters five hours to free the woman’s body from the chimney.

A cause of death has yet to be determined.