The decomposing body of Bronx resident Ashley Ducille and her alleged boyfriend were found in her apartment on 2390 Creston Avenue around 5:40 p.m. Saturday. According to police, both bodies were decomposed and it appeared that they had been dead about two weeks.
The NYPD was alerted to the situation after Ducille’s downstairs neighbor, who lived on the fourth floor, complained of maggots falling from her ceiling. When officers were brought in for a wellness check by the landlord they found a gruesome scene.
Officers discovered a strong smell coming from the Bronx apartment when they entered. Ducille was found dead on the couch, while the body of a 40-year-old man police believe to be her boyfriend, was found dead on the floor.
The male body has yet to be identified, and no suspects have been arrested in the case.
Police confirmed Tuesday that Ashley Ducille had died from a homicide. It is unclear how the male victim died, but police are currently treating the case like a murder-suicide. A future autopsy will confirm or deny those assumptions.
A neighbor said that she heard two gun shots on Nov. 6, around the time Ducille and the male victim would have died, but she didn’t report the incident to police. Luz Briguet now wished she had said something.
“The moment I heard the shots, if I had realized they were shots, I would have called, and maybe the police would have found someone alive in time, or dead,” said Briguet. The woman lived below Ducille’s apartment and also received maggots in her home.
Ashley Ducille was a local sex worker who worked to provide for her four kids. The young woman had lived in the apartment for three years and apparently kicked out her children’s biological dad before starting a relationship with her current boyfriend. According to her stepbrother, Joseph Donald, his sister had previously worked as an EMT and was working to become a firefighter. A surprise pregnancy later derailed her future career.
Donald, along with other people who were close to Ashley Ducille, said that her boyfriend was extremely abusive. It was Donald who helped child protective services remove his sister’s kids after he saw the horrible conditions in the Bronx apartment.
“There was no food in the fridge, no food in the cupboards, nothing,’ Donald recalled. ‘Everywhere it was empty.’
While Ducille had recently lost custody of her children, the 29-year-old woman was able to briefly be with them on Halloween. She was supposed to pick them up from their grandmother’s the next day, but she never showed.
Her landlord, Ernesto Garcia, said the young woman was scared of her boyfriend and constantly changed the locks on her apartment, which did nothing to stop him. According to Garcia, the boyfriend would either climb the fire escape into her window or wait at her door for her to come home.
Ducille’s landlord also said the 29-year-old woman had asked him to check up on her and that the last time he did Ducille was covered in bruises and told him that the boyfriend had broken a bone in her back.
“That guy, he would not move from there until she opened the door,” Garcia said. Police reports show that they received multiple calls about domestic abuse from Ashley Ducille. The last two calls were made in August and September.