Tampa Bay, Florida – A local cleanup crew was contracted to tidy up a home following the eviction of its tenants several weeks ago. The former occupants were obvious from the “low village” as they left the home in a state of disarray with dead rodents throughout the premises along with plenty of trash and a foul odor.
In one of the rooms, they found what they believed to be a lifelike mannequin hanging from a rope — they presumed it was a pathetic commentary by the former tenants. They gathered up the rodents, trash, and mannequin and took it all to the local landfill, according to the Examiner.
However, workers at the landfill weren’t quite as sure as the cleaners were about the body being a mannequin. They finally involved local police who confirmed that it was a human body.
Authorities were able to confirm the male body is that of Jeremy Witfoth, a 33-year-old American who was down on his luck. Witfoth lived at the home along with his baby mamma and their children.
Deputies said it appears as though Witfoth hung himself sometime within the last several weeks, reports Bay News 9.
Life must have been struggle for the couple and she soon went her way taking the children with her. The heartbreak proved to be too much for Witfoth to bear and he claimed his own life after leaving a suicide note on the wall. Police do not suspect any foul play in his death.
Police have also ruled out charging the cleaning crew, consisting of 36-year-old Adam Hines and 50-year-old Israel Lopez, with any crime. Police visited the premises and once they got a whiff of the stench, they concluded the cleaners made an honest mistake of assuming the stench was from the trash and decaying rodents. Besides, the body had begun to mummify. One officer explained that the average person never sees a human body in that state of decay and wouldn’t necessarily recognize it as being human remains.
“He was laying right on top of all the garbage,” in the bed of a pickup truck, Moloney said. “Anyone trying to hide a body, or trying to dispose of a dead body, would probably not do that.
“It is very unbelievable,” she said.
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