Monday, October 29, 2001

Stack of mail leads to decomposed bodies

The Associated Press

        LEAVENWORTH, Ind. — The decomposed bodies of a man and woman found in a rural southern Indiana home may be those of an elderly woman and her son, whom neighbors haven't seen in weeks.

        Autopsies conducted Saturday on the bodies failed to determine how the pair died and haven't revealed their identities. Neither body showed signs of trauma, and there were no signs anyone else had been inside the home.

        Further autopsy results, including toxicology tests, are pending, said Barry Hubbell, the Crawford County deputy coroner.

        A mail carrier alerted State Police after noticing that mail had piled up in the home's mailbox. A neighbor told the carrier he hadn't seen the home's residents — a woman and her son — for some time.

        Dates on mail and the newspaper indicated that no one had picked up mail since Sept. 26. Both people appeared to have been dead a month.

        Neighbors told investigators the two kept to themselves.


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