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Nearly a year after her death woman's family receives a letter claiming she was murdered

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Alice Larrue's life was turned upside down Wednesday, after receiving a strange letter in her mailbox.

The printed name on the envelope says Nathan Middleton, the man accused of burning and hiding the body of her daughter Aprina Paul. The return address says Columbia County Correctional Facility, where he's currently serving a 22-year sentence. The envelope is stamped by the Wisconsin Prison System. Inside, the letter tells a different story of how her daughter died back on October 27th 2013.

"I was scared, nervous, I didn't know what do think," Larrue says. "All kinds of things were running through my mind. I never expected to read something like this."

Aprina Paul first disappeared the night of October 27th. A few days later her remains were found in a fire pit at Nathan Middleton's Evansville home. Detectives were notified and Middleton admitted to burning her body and hiding her remains. He claims Paul died from a drug overdose. That story is now in question.

"Alice, I know you would never think that I would write you or even think that you would want to hear from me," Larrue reads from the letter.

"But if you just read this letter and hear me out, what I have to say, you'll be shocked and forgive me."

Larrue held the letter for several minutes, struggling to believe what she was reading. The seven page letter packs a lot of conflicting information that's difficult to understand. Her confusion was quickly replaced by frustration.

"Why wait until now? Almost a year later to say these things? How come you couldn't say that in the beginning?" asks Larrue.

Middleton was given a court order to not make contact with Aprina Paul's family. Larrue is surprised that a letter found its way to her address. She's concerned that it wasn't stopped by correctional workers in Columbia County.

"We have a lot of questions," Larrue says.

Rock County detectives are now working to authenticate the letter to determine whether or not it actually came from Middleton's prison cell. The letter claims another person, Middleton's friend, was with him the night Aprina Paul died. The letter explains how this man killed Aprina Paul while Middleton was in the bathroom.

The letter withheld information regarding how Paul actually died. The writer tells Alice Larrue that they will only reveal the details of Aprina Paul's death if a return letter is sent.

"I feel like he's trying to play mind games with me," Larrue says.

Detectives say the man implicated in the letter was questioned and cleared in their investigation. Detectives also say Middleton has sent multiple letters to this friend while in prison. They have interviewed him multiple times during the case, but detectives say he has an alibi for the night Aprina Paul died.

"I don't know what to believe at this time, but I just know that I believe the part about her being murdered, because I knew that," Larrue says. "Deep down inside I always knew and felt that she was murdered."

Larrue is hoping the letter helps clear her daughter's name by showing that she didn't take and overdose on drugs. She's upset with the way her daughter's reputation was sullied during the case.

"I didn't want her to be remembered in those bad ways, because she wasn't a bad person at all," Larrue says.

Detectives say Middleton could face more charges for contacting the family. A spokesperson for the Columbia County Correctional Facility says that inmate mail is subject to restrictions. They're trying to determine if proper protocol was followed in this case.

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