Men Mistake Corpse for Mannequin, Take It to Dump

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This week in weird news: two workers cleaning out a man’s house mistake his corpse for a mannequin and take it to a dump with other garbage.


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’.

8 Comments on "Men Mistake Corpse for Mannequin, Take It to Dump"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jul 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm |

    Kind of sounds like something from a Coen brothers movie.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jul 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm |

    that’s nothing
    I have often mistaken living humans for mannequins
    and vice versa

  3. Rebecca Brandt | Jul 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm |

    Wow. After several weeks no one had bothered to check on him.

  4. ” . . .the body was in a state of decomposition similar to mummification.”
    Well, that would explain why their was no horrible rotting corpse stench to alert the clean up crew to the fact that it was a real corpse.

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