Tuesday, December 6, 2016

dead body

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Garage Sale

When going to garage sales, you can normally get some great deals on things that you can’t get at your typical Wal-Mart. One North Carolina woman walked away from a garage sale with literally, more than she bargained for.

A woman saw a neighbor having a garage sale and decided to stop by and buy a deep freezer that was big enough to hold a person. She bought the freezer for only $30, but there was a catch.

The woman selling the freezer said that she couldn’t use it right away. She had promised the contents to a church for a project, and they would be by this week to collect. The freezer was sealed shut with duct tape.

She bought the freezer and had to have a lot of help to get it in the house, but the church never came. After three weeks the woman decided something wasn’t right. The freezer was running in the spare bedroom, but she was becoming suspicious.

Last week she decided to open the freezer and see what was inside that the church had not come to get. Kitty litter was the first thing the woman saw, and then she said, “I saw toes and a foot and ankle”.

Slamming the freezer shut she thought it might be a joke or fake, but then looked again and it was a dead body.

“My heart went into my throat,” the woman said to a local reporter.

This is where the story takes a turn for the weird.

Allegedly, the woman in the freezer was the mother of the woman who sold the freezer. The neighbor said she hadn’t seen the elderly woman since she had a stroke last fall.

What this looks like is that the woman died and the daughter needed the monthly checks that were coming in. Instead of burying her mother, she stuffed her in a freezer and sold her at a garage sale.

The police have confirmed the woman in the freezer died of natural causes. She was not murdered.

The police are being very quiet right now on the identity of the woman in the freezer, but the person who bought the freezer believes that the daughter didn’t tell anyone about her mother’s passing in order to keep the money.

The daughter has reportedly moved to West Virginia to visit her mother in a nursing home according to neighbors, and the police are looking to speak with her.

Speaking to WTVD, the woman who wants to stay anonymous said, “I think maybe the daughter was dependent on the mother’s check and didn’t know what else to do. I’m glad that I was the one who was chosen to be able to find her mother so that that poor woman can rest.”

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metro-body

The family of a D.C. man who fell in a Metro station and suffered a fatal head injury in October 2013 has filed a lawsuit against the transit authority that alleges negligence because the man’s body went undiscovered for four days.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart said at the time of the incident that at approximately 2:45 p.m. on October 23 officials received a report of a body behind the parapet wall on the Shady Grove platform level. Officials from D.C. Fire and Emergency Services and Metro Transit police responded to the call.

When they arrived, authorities found the body of an adult male, later identified as Okiemute C. Whiteru, 35, who was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, Metro Transit Police tweeted that there were “no signs of foul play.”

According to the lawsuit, if Metro workers had been more alert and come quickly to the man’s aid, he might have survived.

However, a person familiar with the incident, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the pending litigation, gave a more detailed account of the 2013 incident than the version given in the lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court.

The person said that Whiteru, whose family is seeking a multimillion-dollar award, was alone and intoxicated in the Judiciary Square station late at night when he sat atop a three-foot-high wall at the rear of the platform across from a trench like well eight feet in depth running the full length of the station.

Surveillance video showed that Whiteru lost his balance and fell backward off the wall, striking his head, according to the source who has viewed surveillance video of the incident. He said that Whiteru apparently hit his head and was knocked unconscious. When he hit the bottom of the well, he rolled beneath the platform and beyond the sight of passengers and Metro personnel.

An autopsy later found that Whiteru, a lawyer who lived in Southeast Washington, was heavily intoxicated that night, the person said.

The May 1 lawsuit says the incident happened on Oct. 19, 2013, when Whiteru “lost his balance” and “fell a short distance” off an escalator in the Judiciary Square station.

The source who viewed the video said no other customers were in the station as Whiteru rode down an escalator toward the platform while struggling to stay on his feet.

Rather, the video shows him stumbling on the escalator but not falling off. When Whiteru reached the bottom of the escalator, he stood for a moment and then fell onto the platform. He had trouble getting up according to the source.

The lawsuit says that after Whiteru “fell from the escalator,” he was “attempting to collect himself” when he “fell backwards, and dropped a distance of eight feet, resulting in incapacitating injuries” offering no more details.

The person who viewed the video said the eight-foot plunge came after Whiteru, who was having difficulty standing, decided to sit atop the wall instead. With respect to Metro’s alleged negligence, The Washington Post reported that:

“…the lawsuit says that “despite actual knowledge” of Whiteru’s fall, transit employees “failed to recognize and investigate the happening of the fall, or otherwise respond to the occurrence, such that [Whiteru] remained, in his injured state, undiscovered” for four days.

Metro workers are to blame for the fact that Whiteru “succumbed to his injuries and died a tragic, painful and untimely death…”

The source said no Metro workers saw Whiteru fall and that surveillance video is only reviewed after a known incident occurs. In this case, he said, the video was not looked at it until after the body was found and an investigation was conducted.

The source told the Post “after Whiteru’s body rolled under the platform, thousands of commuters passed through the station for four days and three nights, without a report of a body. He said that each night before closing the station, a manager signed a sheet attesting that the station had been checked for any lingering people.”

Whiteru was found after someone noticed “an item” in the well that looked like clothing and decided to take a look. He was far enough beneath the platform that his body had to be removed through a platform manhole the source said.

The family’s attorney was not available for comment.

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