A man in Florida got more than he bargained for when he purchased a foreclosed home for $96,000 at an auction.
The News-Press of Fort Myers reports 61-year-old William Wilson arrived at his newly purchased home yesterday to check out the house and do some landscaping. Instead, he found a body inside.
The body was on the floor of the master bedroom next to the bed, authorities say.
The most recent piece of mail to the home was dated November 2011 and authorities report unpaid taxes went back three years.
“You couldn’t tell who it was,” Wilson said. “You couldn’t tell if it was a male or a female … it’s disappointing and a sad thing that nobody cared enough to check.”
Neighbors say an older woman last live in the home but she had not been seen in several years. Some thought she moved.
“Outside, the grass grew long and the community speculated. Inside, Wilson said all that remained were bones, skin and the smell of remains. In the living room was a bird cage and piles of feces,” the News-Press reported.
Local police checked on the house twice, in Jan. 29, 2013, and April 28, 2013. Both times the officer “was checking a vacant home on his beat. There were no calls for service and no other notes other than the house looked OK,” police told the News-Press.
The identity of the body is still unknown. Authorities are investigating.