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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?

Replies

  • RADmomma
    October 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM
    Eeeeewwwww
  • kcangel63
    October 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM
    0.0
  • toopicky429
    October 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM
    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.
  • Hadadat
    by Hadadat
    October 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Yikes....

  • Cafe AmyS
    October 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Right?  

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

    Quoting RADmomma:

    Eeeeewwwww


  • Cafe AmyS
    October 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    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.


  • toopicky429
    October 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM
    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.


  • Paigesmommy78
    October 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM
    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
  • ScrChk23
    October 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    That is cool, but creepy as hell.

  • Cafe AmyS
    October 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    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.



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