Mummified Body Found Hanging in Closet of Home in Ohio

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 02:48 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A mummified body was found in an Ohio home over the weekend after a young boy stumbled upon the corpse hanging in a closet.

The boy, who was reportedly exploring what he thought was a vacant house, came upon the body Sunday in Dayton. His mother, Michelle McGrath, went in after him and immediately knew something was not right.

"When I crossed the threshold of the room, is when I smelled it," McGrath told CNN affiliate WDTN. She then called police.

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Officials identified the body as 53-year-old Edward Brunton and determined that he had hanged himself sometime in 2009, according to The Associated Press. His body was almost completely mummified.

"Because of the location where he was found, it was relatively protected, sunlight-protected, temperature-protected and low humidity," coroner Kent Harshbarger told WDTN.

Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, told the AP that Brunton was homeless before inheriting money from his mother and buying the Dayton house in 2009. He's thought to have committed suicide there shortly after.

Since then, multiple city notices have been posted on Brunton's front door, demanding that the homeowner take care of the overgrown lawn. Neighbors told reporters they had not seen anyone in the home for years and assumed it had been abandoned.

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