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Mummified corpse found five years later by schoolboy exploring abandoned house

Published 18/06/2014 | 10:33

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A Monday June 16, 2014, photo is of a vacant house in Dayton, Ohio.  An adolescent boy found the mummified body of a man hanging in a closet in the house on Sunday while exploring what he thought to be an abandoned house.  (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Marshall Gorby)  LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT (REV-SHARE)  (ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT - MBI) The remains found in a vacant house have been identified as Edward Brunton, 53, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office said Monday night. The cause of death for Brunton, who apparently died in late 2009, is listed a suicide, according to the coroner's office. MARSHALL GORBY / DAYTON DAILY NEWS
The cause of death for the man, who apparently died in late 2009, is listed as a suicide, according to the coroner's office. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Marshall Gorby)

An “adventurous” schoolboy who was exploring an abandoned house in the US state of Ohio was given a shock when he discovered the mummified corpse of a man inside a closet.

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The body had been hanging in the cupboard for five years, and was that of 53-year-old Edward Brunton, the authorities of Dayton, Ohio, suspect.

As the man was hanged by the neck, they believe his death was a suicide. Brunton bought the house in 2009. The coroner who dealt with the body believes he died shortly afterwards.

The authorities added that Brunton had a brother who lives nearby, but the man had not seen him since 2008.

Michelle McGrath, the boy’s mother, said her 12-year-old son is adventurous.

“My son came home and said he had gone into an abandoned house and he found a body. And I said, ‘Wait, what?” his mother Michelle McGrath told WHIO-TV reporters.

Harshbarger, the Montgomery County coroner, told CNN the find was “very unique”, as it is rare to find 5-year-old mummified remains.

Most neighbours said they had not seen the man who owned the house, which had such an overgrown lawn that neighbours called in the authorities to maintain it.

“I didn’t realize there was anybody in the house,” Alberta Ballard, who had lived in the adjacent house for 40-years and reported Bruton's garden to the authorities, told reporters.

Anyone who is struggling to cope can contact Samaritans on 116 123.

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