Gypsy Rose Blancharde has been charged with murder in the death of Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde

By Harriet Sokmensuer
June 17, 2015 02:10 PM
Greene County Sheriff's Office

Gypsy Rose Blancharde has been charged with murder after police found the body of her mother, Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde in bed at their Springfield, Missouri, home on Monday.

Authorities told the Springfield News-Leader that Dee Dee was found “deceased of a violent nature.”

Friends became worried about Dee Dee, 48, after an anonymous user posted a disturbing status update on a Facebook account shared by Gypsy, 23, and her mother.

“That bitch is dead!” read the post, which was first spotted on Sunday.

“We utilize social media not only to get crime tips but people do post things about their crimes,” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott tells PEOPLE. “We’ve used it before but not to the extent of a homicide. This is the first time we’ve ever seen something like this posted, and it’s then directly linked back to the killer.”

Gypsy was arrested in Big Bend, Wisconsin, with Nicholas Paul Godejohn, 26. But investigators now say there’s much more to this story.

Neighbors told police that Gypsy has leukemia and muscular dystrophy. She used a wheelchair, they said.

“But in fact she can walk” without assistance, Arnott tells PEOPLE. “So there’s a lot of things with this case that are very interesting.”

And they don’t stop there.

“We really don’t know the true background of this family,” Arnott said at a press conference on Tuesday. “This is a tragic, tragic event surrounded by mystery and public deception.”

Police cannot confirm the family’s backstory that they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and moved to Springfield to live in a Habitat for Humanity home, Arnott said, adding that authorities aren’t even sure of Gypsy’s true age.

The Blanchardes allegedly received financial donations under false pretenses through GoFundMe pages that are now deactivated, a public relations coordinator at the sheriff’s office tells PEOPLE, as well as Ronald McDonald House. Police are still learning about the connection between the fraud allegations and Gypsy’s alleged health issues.

Gypsy and Godejohn have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held on $1 million bond.

Nicholas Paul Godejohn and Gypsy Rose Blancharde
Waukesha County, Wisc., jail booking photo (2)

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