An elderly woman who lived at a mobile home park in Redford Twp., Michigan hadn’t paid her rent for months, leaving her landlord with little choice but to evict her. When it came time to kick out 72-year-old Annie Marquis, however, the manager of Long’s Mobile Home Court and court officers made a gruesome discovery.
After a 64-year-old man opened the door to the woman’s residence, the landlord peeked in and noticed her corpse on a sofa bed, Fox 2 reports.
Neighbor Connie Laesch told the news station that the man, Dennis McCauley, had been living with Marquis and didn’t “act right.”
“The officer noted a pungent smell of decay and observed a corpse in the room immediately to the right of the front door,” Redford Township police Sgt. Kevin Crittenden told The Associated Press on Friday. “He called us. The corpse had obviously been deceased for some time and was partially dried out.”
Authorities think Marquis passed away in November and are currently attributing her death to natural causes, the newspaper reports. Marquis and McCauley reportedly lived together for three years.
Police later arrested McCauley and charged him for failing to report Marquis’ death and for fraud related to living off her finances after her passing, according to the Detroit News. They’ve also charged him with mutilation, noting that the corpse’s arm had been separated from her right shoulder.
Regrettably, this isn’t the only incident of a person co-habitating with a corpse in Michigan.
In July 2012, an elderly woman from Jackson named Linda Chase was found to be living with the mummified body of her companion Charles Williams Zigler. Police didn’t arrest her, but did consider charging her with fraud for cashing his social security checks.
An even stranger episode took place this January in Detroit. A man namedVincent Bright stole his father’s body from a funeral home with the help of an accomplice. He kept the body in a freezer in his home and allegedly hoped to bring it back to life. Police charged him with disinterring a body, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.