Resolution for 2009: Throw Out Dead Body

From LA Now:

Corpse found in North Hollywood home
9:57 AM, December 3, 2008

Police got a surprise when they went to a North Hollywood home this week: a decomposing corpse that may have been there for more than a year, the Daily News reports.

The doorways of the home, in the 6700 block of Vantage Avenue, were so filled with refuse and debris that Los Angeles Police Department officers could not get inside when they arrived Monday evening. Only after the Los Angeles Fire Department got there and helped remove a door were the officers able to search the home, with the consent of the man who lives there.

Police found the adult body inside. They declined to elaborate, saying they don’t know its age or sex because it had decomposed for so long. Coroner’s officials said the body was “skeletony” and believe it had been there for “quite some time.” The home was found in “pack rat” condition, said Ed Winter, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Authorities were tipped off by someone involved with the pending foreclosure of the home who was concerned about the welfare of the resident, said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department.

— James Wagner

Come to think of it…… where’s my cat?

7 Replies to “Resolution for 2009: Throw Out Dead Body”

  1. I saw that and got the creeps. Majorly. Then I caught the bit that the 40something male in the house was offered free psychiatric eval (and the reporter didn’t say if he accepted or not). Sad, but is this a case where some poor old soul was taking care of an adult “child” who somehow was mental? My friends in claims used to run into situations like that often, very sad.

    Then the really scary shit set in, that was a near our old babysitters home on Bellingham!

  2. While this story highlights some of the more lugubrious aspects of our job (and there are many), the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department were pleased to treat the remains with profound dignity and respect – especially in consideration that such care and concern may have escaped the person in their final days.

    May he or she rest in peace.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  3. I am not a robot | William Campbell | Would you like to play chess? your faithful civil servant. I seek only to serve you ™.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  4. All kidding aside in this serious matter…

    I am often multitasking, and some of my seemingly simple replies are composed over the period of twenty minutes and a half-dozen phone calls. Hence (or does that seem too robotic?) my words do not always flow in a conversational fashion.

    RYIS&S,

    Brian

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