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October 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Mummified Body Found in Foreclosed Home Gave New Owner a Fright

by Kiri Blakeley

When you buy a new home in foreclosure, sight unseen, you never know quite what you're going to get. But one Parisian man got the surprise of a lifetime when he turned the key to his brand new apartment and found the previous owner still there. That was unexpected enough. Even more shocking? He was dead.

The previous owner, a man who was fired from his security job in 2005, filed a labor complaint, and then disappeared. He had reportedly cut off ties with his family long ago. Since he no longer had a job and lived in an urban area where neighbors don't tend to check up on each other -- no one was suspicious when the man suddenly disappeared. They assumed he had packed up and left town.

In reality, the poor guy had tied a sheet around his neck and hung himself in his apartment.

Eight years later, his body was still hanging there -- and greeted the new owner, who bought the place at auction when the bank foreclosed on it for lack of mortgage payments.

Reportedly, the body hadn't even decomposed. It was hanging there mummified, in perfect condition. Yikes, talk about an unwelcome housewarming gift.

People find some strange things in foreclosed homes. Pets are unfortunately commonly left behind in foreclosures. Last year, another dead owner was found in a foreclosed home in Wisconsin. And in Minnesota, a foreclosed home was loaded with a pipe bomb.

Still ... a deal's a deal, right?

Have you ever bought a foreclosed home? If you found a dead body in one, would you still want to live there?


  • Cafe AmyS
    October 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Isn't that just the saddest thing?  5 years and no one even missed him. :(

    Quoting Paigesmommy78:

    Eww how did no1 find him b4 it sold no1 checked it first no way I'd live there after that the sad thing is that poor man no wonder he did it he had no1 5 years and no1 questions it

  • mamasloves
    October 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    wow i dont know if i would live there or not

  • toopicky429
    October 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM
    She had seen some crazy stuff, lol. She drives a VW Beetle, and once was stopped by police so they could make sure she wasn't stealing copper. She was so mad. Her name was on the sign in front of the house too. She told me she asked him if people in beetles and stilettos typically stole copper. The following week all the copper pipes were stolen from her listing.

    Quoting Cafe AmyS:

    Naked squatters - ROFLMAO!

    Quoting toopicky429:

    I wouldn't be surprised if they said a realtor, contractor, or someone of that nature had found a body in a foreclosure. My sister has found some strange things including naked squatters, lol.

    Quoting Cafe AmyS:

    I was surprised about that too.  I bought a new house last spring after looking at many homes, some of which were foreclosed upon and they had all been gone through by realtors, contractors, etc.  I can't imagine finding something like that in a house I'd just purchased.

    Quoting toopicky429:

    I am shocked no one went in before it sold. My sister is a realtor, and specializes in bank foreclosures. The houses (at least here in the states) are winterized, and do have people going through them after they have been foreclosed on.

  • olliespunkma
    October 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM
    no way an I staying there the guy was hanging there long enough to mummify..i would not be able to get the image of him dangling there out of my head
  • heather77g
    October 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    UGH....i would not be able to live there. because i believe in ghost! haha!!

  • RADmomma
    October 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    We rented an apartment in the city a few years ago. After 2 night we discovered mice in the ceiling & a marijuana growing room. We were told it was a storage room. The landlord was quite shocked when he came to open it. Needless to stay we didn't stay there long.

    Other than that luckily our houses have been good!!

    Quoting Cafe AmyS:


    So, what's the worst thing you found when you moved into your home?

    Quoting RADmomma:


  • pregnantmama105
    October 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    i would never buy a home I couldnt check out first.... 

  • HaroldsMom
    October 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Well I think I would stay BUT... the dead body would have to go and I would get that place very very  clean out!! And I feel sad for the guy so I would have a funeral for him so he would have a place to rest so that he would know that someone cared even after death and that place would be wash down very very  well and at least  I know that the neighbors won't bug me

  • calsmom62
    October 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    i would be flipping that house
  • gregheather
    October 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    My parents bought their current house as a foreclosure. The people left in the middle of the night and never came back. Nothing weird in the house though - other than all of their belongings, the food still in the cupboards and fridge and dirty dishes in the sink. And clothes in the washing machine and dryer.

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