A HEAVYLY decomposing body found upright in a chair is believed to have been sitting in a house for YEARS.
The gruesome discovery surfaced in a remote California town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Authorities say the rotting body may have been decomposing undetected for years.
Lieutenant Greg Stark of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Los Angeles Times that a man who died in Jackson, California last month is suspected of leaving his father’s body on a chair in their home.
Stark said Randall Freer, 63, died on July 13 after suffering from an undisclosed illness.
Then the mystery deepened.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived at a residence in the city of Wallace, California, to search for the man’s next of kin.
The deputy thought no one was home but heard what he thought was a fan running, according to the LA Times.
At that moment, the MP looked through the window and saw a deceased person sitting in a lawn chair, Stark said.
“It was badly decomposed with partial skeletal remains,” he told the Times.
“In my 28 years in law enforcement, this type of investigation is extremely rare.
“We don’t usually find someone dead that long in an apartment building.”
Evidence suggested the man had been there for more than three years due to the degree of decomposition on the body, Stark told SFGATE.
Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio identified the man at the Wallace home as Ada Clinton Freer, 91, and Randall Freer’s father.
According to the coroner, there was no evidence of third-party negligence, but the cause and manner of death were undetermined.
Raggio said he conducted his own investigation by going to a bank and confirming that Ada Clinton Freer last signed a check in 2016.
However, in a twist, Randall Freer was on his father’s account raising funds up until his own death last month.
“The son took on the father’s identity, and I suspect he probably lived with his father and lived off his father,” Raggio claimed.
He theorized that when the son found out his father had died, he just left him sitting in a chair and continued to use his money on himself.
Stark said he could not confirm the details, citing the ongoing investigation.
Because the father’s date of death was listed as the date he was found, Raggio told the Times that the funds would not be recovered unless the family decided to hire a lawyer themselves.
Raggio said that the elderly Freer was found undressed and that the sheriff’s office had previously been called to the home to conduct welfare checks before his death.
Raggio said it was his opinion that if the son were still alive, “basically the guy would still be sitting there”.
The US Sun has contacted the sheriff’s office for more information.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6036932/california-decomposing-body-chair-years-wallace/ Mystery after badly decomposing corpse found for YEARS sitting upright in a chair in a remote mountain town