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Workers cleaning home mistake hanging corpse for mannequin, take it to rubbish tip
Metro [UK] ^ | Saturday 19 Jul 2014 | Harry Readhead

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:31:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Two Florida men hired to clean out a vacant house mistook a hanging corpse for a Halloween-style hoax – and took it to the dump.

Workers Israel Lopez, 50, and Adam Hines, 30, told authorities they were tidying the house in Spring Hill at the request of the landlord when they came upon the corpse in the garage.

The pair cut it down, believing it to be a mannequin, before hauling it to the local rubbish tip where a landfill worker realised it was a body and called the police.

‘Both individuals as well as the property owners believed the lifelike mannequin was a distasteful Halloween-like hoax left by the former renters,’ Hernando County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.

‘They cut the mannequin down, placed it on top of a pile of garbage in the back of the pick-up truck and proceeded to the landfill.’

Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said on Thursday that 33-year-old former tenant Jeremy Witsoth apparently committed suicide several weeks ago in the property, and that the body was ‘in a state of decomposition similar to mummification’.


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: napl
Yep, it's Flori-duh.
1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:31:45 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
"What a waste, throwing away a perfectly good Democratic voter like that."


2 posted on 07/20/2014 1:32:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Jeremy Witsoth probably committed suicide because no one cared about him. Even in death, no one took him seriously.

How truly sad.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 1:45:44 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll
Jeremy Witsoth probably committed suicide because no one cared about him.

Agreed - either nobody noticed that he was missing, or just couldn't be arsed about it. Probably see more of these stories in days to come.

4 posted on 07/20/2014 1:56:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SatinDoll

Odds are that he was a highly isolated person. It’s not that nobody cared about him, but if a person keeps himself isolated enough, most people will stop trying to connect.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 2:27:10 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Seems there would have been a molten pool of putrifaction underneath the corpse, being it’s Florida with heat,humidity and all the other atmospheric phenomena generally considered detrimental to the recently departed. I think it was Lynard Skynard that said “ Ooh, Ooh, that smell”


6 posted on 07/20/2014 2:40:54 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Just dead weight. ..


7 posted on 07/20/2014 2:45:41 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Artie

Valid points. Depending on how messy the garage was, though, perhaps the signs got lost in the garbage.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 2:47:05 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Vendome

Just hanging around?

(Yes, I am going straight to h*ll. No, I will not say hello to anybody’s deceased relatives when I get there.)


9 posted on 07/20/2014 2:48:43 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Spring Hill often is the end of the line.
Lots and lots of old folks from mostly midwest go there to retire and die.
Other than a really great Philly steak and cheese restaurant it is plastic city.


10 posted on 07/20/2014 2:54:02 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher
Lots and lots of old folks from mostly midwest go there to retire and die.

Not just old Midwesterners, apparently.

(I couldn't think of a snarky comment about the cheesesteaks.)

11 posted on 07/20/2014 3:07:36 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jonty30

Odds are you are wrong as the article states “former renters”plural.
There is no indication he was in isolation,there was another person(s) involved and maybe that person placed Mt Witsoth there.
If these two idiots,”Workers Israel Lopez, 50, and Adam Hines, 30” hadn’t trashed a possible crime scene the fuz could have investigated.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 3:36:56 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Slings and Arrows

Spring Hill is “the Villages” ... here’s Joe... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23hkFfnl3BI


13 posted on 07/20/2014 3:51:19 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Artie

——Seems there would have been a molten pool of putrifaction underneath the corpse, being it’s Florida with heat,humidity and all the other atmospheric phenomena generally considered detrimental to the recently departed.-——

I live In Florida you are surly correct, but you forgot there are lots of bugs and critters of all sorts that had a buffet style all you can eat dinner for weeks on end....

What ever pile of fluid was left behind.... Was probably long gone....


14 posted on 07/20/2014 4:14:27 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wasn’t the foul stench in the area a hint? The smell of a dead human body is one of the most awful smells in the world (ex-LEO not serial killer...: )


15 posted on 07/20/2014 4:33:20 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Slings and Arrows

don’t worry. he’ll faithfully vote for many years to come


16 posted on 07/20/2014 4:40:15 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: jsanders2001

> (ex-LEO not serial killer...: )

Oh yeah, like they’re mutually exclusive.

Seriesly, the guy was obviously very isolated; maybe he simply didn’t get any visitors until after the smell had died down.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 4:44:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

> (ex-LEO not serial killer...: )

Oh yeah, like they’re mutually exclusive.

Seriesly, the guy was obviously very isolated; maybe he simply didn’t get any visitors until after the smell had died down.

The smell can linger for year’s sometimes. It’s an unmistakeable smell. Think of a dead hog that’s been skinned and hanging for a few days times 3 (hunters know what I’m talking’ about...


18 posted on 07/20/2014 4:51:42 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Not everyone has encountered the smell before, and thus might not recognize it. Also, depending on the amount and type of garbage in the garage, his may not have been the only obnoxious odor. (Keep in mind that the poor guy was obviously not all there mentally, and he left enough crap behind to warrant at least one dump run.)


19 posted on 07/20/2014 5:04:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Didn’t they notice the smell???


20 posted on 07/20/2014 5:09:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Joe Boucher

Spring Hill isn’t really a town. It’s an outlying bedroom community for Tampa. Like most such communities there isn’t really anything there except a Walmart and several strip malls.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 5:10:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: jsanders2001
The smell of a dead human body is one of the most awful smells in the world

...and one you will never forget...

(ex-LEO not serial killer...: )

Likely story ... :)

22 posted on 07/20/2014 5:15:06 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Slings and Arrows

How could they not have realized it was a body? Was he like super skinny or something, because I’d think the weight would be a clue.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 5:31:26 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

The human body is mostly water. Take out the water, and it’s a lot lighter.


24 posted on 07/20/2014 5:35:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL!

Good attitude.

Fk em....


25 posted on 07/20/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Slings and Arrows

He wasn’t dead...he was just pinin’


26 posted on 07/20/2014 1:59:28 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Didn’t look Norwegian to me.


27 posted on 07/20/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"What a waste, throwing away a perfectly good Democratic voter like that."

Not only that, the guy could have been kept to use as a perfectly good "distasteful Halloween" decoration.

28 posted on 07/20/2014 7:52:13 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: RobinOfKingston
Not only that, the guy could have been kept to use as a perfectly good "distasteful Halloween" decoration.

And I thought that recycling was "green."

29 posted on 07/20/2014 8:10:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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