Saturday, December 31, 2016

Homebuyer find mummified body in the garage

The discovery, police say, happened around 1 p.m. when a potential home buyer was inspecting the garage of a home in the 19900 block of Spencer. The body was in the backseat of a 1990 or 1991 Plymouth Acclaim, authorities said.

Lloyd Jackson, a spokesman for Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, said officials estimate that the body had been there for “years” and was beyond the decomposition stage when “the body is brown.”

Jackson said medical examiners just “inspected” the body and will await the arrival next week of an anthropologist from the University of Michigan, which partners with the county, who can conduct special tests, such as examining hip bones to determine gender.

“At this point, they don’t know if it’s male or female, or cause or manner of death or anything like that,” Jackson said. “That’s when the anthropologist comes in and checks it out. They didn’t do an autopsy, they just did an inspection because that’s usually what they do when they get these bodies that have been really badly decomposed or mummified.”

Detroit Police spokesman Dan Donakowski said officers were called to the location after the body was discovered. The home, he said, was being rented to a family and did not use the garage.

The potential homeowner “opened up the car door and observed this decomposed body inside,” Donakowski said. “We talked to the current tenants of that location and they were told that the actual homeowners had said basically don’t go in the garage, don’t put anything in the garage.”

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15 comments:

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

If it is left behind, you get to keep it as a new buyer.

I bet there are people who would pay good money for a mummy.

Methadras said...

Someone got stiffed.

AllenS said...

That will probably lower the value of the property. Just a guess.

deborah said...

I hate it when that happens.

chickelit said...

So what was up with all the ancient Egyptian secrets of embalming? Seems to me that anything will mummify if moisture is kept out of the picture.

AllenS said...

They didn't have cars back then, chick, so they had to just wrap the bodies up in some kind of upholstery.

deborah said...

The Model M.

AllenS said...

Why doesn't someone invent The Mumifier. A device that you could place your deceased into, and some years later they would be completely mummified. You could place the mummified body in a corner of your foyer.

Sixty Grit said...

And, once ensconced in said foyer one could place a plaque next to it with the following words etched into it "This is Desiccated to the One I Love".

deborah said...

OMG, you two are killing me.

Sixty Grit said...

Must be our dry sense of humor.

chickelit said...

@AllenS: Such devices exist, albeit on a smaller scale: dehydrators

deborah said...

Absolutely...you bruts.

I had a dehydrator, didn't use it much. My son liked to make venison jerky for a while.

chickelit said...

My son liked to make venison jerky for a while.

Imagine what Ed Gein could have done with one of those...

deborah said...

Hadn't heard of him, but coinkadinkally I checked out mummification (because of your question) on wiki last night and followed a link to Body Works. The invention of Plastination lead the the preserving of bodies in a very strange and disturbing way:

https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&hl=en&authuser=0&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1422&bih=771&q=body+works&oq=body+works&gs_l=img.3..0j0i10k1j0l6j0i10k1j0.1082.3828.0.5197.10.10.0.0.0.0.183.1212.0j10.10.0....0...1.1.64.img..0.10.1208.GiNiTAtWm7Q