Mummified corpse found by boy

A curious boy snooping around an abandoned house has stumbled across a mummified corpse inside a closet, where it's apprently been hanging unnoticed for nearly five years.

The body of Edward Brunton, 53, was found with a belt around the neck in his rundown home in the US city of Dayton, said Ken Betz, from the coroner's office.

"I've been around a long time, but this is the first time we've had (a mummified body) indoors for that many years," Betz said.

Authorities used personal identification documents, a physical description from Brunton's brother and other records to identify the body, Betz said.

Family members and neighbours said that after years of being homeless Brunton inherited some money from his mother in 2009 and bought the tiny house for US$10,000 cash, Betz said. He likely killed himself shortly after, Betz said.

Because he died in the winter and inside a dark closet, Brunton's body tissue dried out and was preserved.

No one went looking for Brunton, who was estranged from his family, Betz said, adding that Brunton did not know his neighbours and had no known work obligations.

"This is kind of like the perfect storm in the sense that neighbors were unaware, he just purchased the home, he was a street guy," Betz said.

Reuters