Cobble Hill Death Still a Mystery After Husband Cleans up Scene, Cops Say

By Trevor KappAlan Neuhauser and Nikhita Venugopal  on February 25, 2013 12:55pm  | Updated on February 25, 2013 1:03pm

COBBLE HILL — The husband of a Clinton Street woman found dead of mysterious causes inside the couple's brownstone over the weekend cleaned up the scene before police arrived and was uncooperative in his conversations with investigators, police sources told DNAinfo.com New York.

Gaetano Lisco, an actor who moved to the U.S. from Italy in the 1990s, was reticent in his conversation with investigators who questioned and released him after the death of his wife Elizabeth Borst, 55, who was found bleeding from a head wound on her kitchen floor on Friday night, police sources said. 

"Let's just say the husband wasn't as forthcoming and cooperative as most people would be if they were totally innocent," police sources told DNAinfo.com New York. The investigation is ongoing and has not officially been ruled a homicide pending her official cause of death.

Sources also said Lisco may have cleaned up the scene where his wife was discovered.

"He cleaned up the scene real good. Everything was in its proper place," said the source, adding that while the blood was still there, the rest of the surroundings were unusually tidy.

"There was no dust, that kind of thing ... People just don't do that."

Police at the scene Saturday pulled items out of the garbage and marked them as evidence, including a bloody glove and a cellphone, sources said.

Lisco, who briefly spoke to reporters in front of his home en route to the coroner's office on Monday, said his wife had been on blood thinner medication Plavix before the fall. Police sources said they believe the woman may have had drug and alcohol problems.

"She fell and injured her head," said Lisco, who was not home at the time of the incident and had to call a bodega worker downstairs to check on his wife, he said previously.

Lisco, who was hysterically sobbing Monday, told reporters he had been calling his wife all day Friday before learning of the fall.

"I'm horrible," Lisco said. "She was a very sweet woman."

Police sources do not think there were any previous calls to the couple's home.

Neighbors said Borst was a lovely, fun-loving person who loved her three cats but who became increasingly shut in, rarely leaving her apartment.

"We used to call her Rapunzel because she never went out," said one neighbor who asked not to be named.

Other neighbors said Lisco was known to be a volatile man who shouted at neighbors.

''He's very peculiar, he's very volatile, very excitable. He can be outrageous. He screams at people, at the workmen, at the people who clean the building. He's a very unpleasant man," one neighbor said.

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