Mystery Over Mummified Body Found In Late Hoarder's House
Cleaners made a gruesome discovery at the home of a late hoarder on Sydney’s lower north shore yesterday after a mummified body was discovered hidden amongst the junk.
The body has rotted so badly that police have been unable to identify the gender of the person, but they believe that the death is suspicious and that the person died a “considerable time” ago.
Police from the North Shore Police Area Command were called to the Greenwich estate on Greendale Street on Tuesday and a crime scene was established.
It’s currently believed that the body was in the home for a considerable time but a post mortem conducted late yesterday is expected to reveal more information such as the cause of death and the person’s gender.
Next door neighbours Gayle and Robert Meagre spoke to 9NEWS and said the the body had been hidden under a rug in the home of a late hoarder.
“The workmen who had been clearing the home said that they had found a body under a rug in the back room,” said Mrs Meagher. “He was a bit shaken and we were obviously too. It was very creepy. It’s very sad especially when you don’t know how it happened.”
However, the neighbours also said that this was not the first time that a body had been found inside the home. The occupant, Bruce Roberts was found dead inside the home in June last year.
The ABC are reporting that police currently suspect Mr Roberts, who has been described as a hoarder and a bit of a recluse, may have hidden the body rolled up in the carpet before his death.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are assisting police with the investigation to identify the circumstances surrounding the death.
The owners of the property had organised for the property to be cleaned this week following the death of the occupant last year.
Police are urging anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.