Record breaking shoe lover found dead

22:57, Jul 24 2013
Darlene Flynn
I LOVE SHOES: Darlene Flynn pictured with some of her record breaking collection.

An American woman who held a Guinness World Record for collecting shoe-related items has been found dead in her pool, and her former boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 58-year-old Darlene Flynn was found dead at her Menifee, California, home. She had suffered blunt-force injuries.

Sheriff's deputies answering a report of an argument found her body in the backyard pool and saw a shirtless man run from the property.

Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Smith was later arrested near a highway. He r

Friends said the couple had frequent arguments and had broken up.

The Guinness Book of World Records says Flynn had nearly 15,000 shoe-related items, including shoe-shaped furniture, lamps and jewellery.

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Darlene Flynn
I LOVE SHOES: Darlene Flynn pictured with some of her record breaking collection.

AP