Skeleton of French man found in bed after 15 years

LILLE, France Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:19pm EDT

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LILLE, France (Reuters) - Police in France said on Friday they were trying to identify the skeleton of a man believed to have lain undiscovered in bed for more than 15 years.

The body, found in an abandoned house in the northern city of Lille, is thought to be that of the elderly owner of the property, who lived alone and appeared to have no relatives.

Police said they had found piles of unopened mail at the house dating back to 1996.

(Reporting By Pierre Savary; Writing by Vicky Buffery; Editing by Pravin Char)

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karojen wrote:
How terribly sad that in fifteen years, no one missed him. I hope he didn’t lie there sick and needing help. R.I.P.

Oct 20, 2012 1:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
All the mailmen are partially to blame for this. Particularly the one that would have seen the property go from tended to wild and abandoned, and depending on where the pile of mail was going, might have noticed years of mail stacking up.

Though this does make me kind of jealous. In America if you didn’t pay your taxes someone’s going to come looking for you. You don’t actually own property in America, you’re just renting a claim, don’t pay to the man, they take your land. I want a piece of land like this old guy has, a place that you can just leave be and not be harassed.

Oct 21, 2012 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Damn. Now I know where I left it…

Oct 22, 2012 7:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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