Thursday, May 17, 2007

Not on the list of inclusions

When you buy a home you often get a few surprises. There are usually things left behind by the previous owners. In our case, the strangest thing was a box of Paris Green. Turns out Paris Green was used as a pigment, until it was linked to deaths.

But that doesn't quite compare to this story:

A man making his first visit to a home he bought in a foreclosure auction found the former owner's mummified body sitting on the living room couch, police said Tuesday.

Coroners estimate the woman's remains had been there since 2001, when she stopped making payments on the residence in the coastal town of Roses in Spain's northeast Catalonia region.

The body mummified instead of rotting partly because of the salty seaside air in Roses, a Catalan regional police official said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

The woman, in her mid-50s, was estranged from her children in Madrid, and no one had reported her missing. She was not identified by officials.

See, absolutely nothing controversial from me today, but if you have stories about strange things you've found moving in to a house, feel free to share.

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