Monday, February 19, 2007

Mummified body found in Hampton Bays home

This is fascinating for so many differant reasons.
Southampton police responding to burst water pipes in a Hampton Bays home found the mummified body of the owner -- dead for more than a year -- sitting in a chair in front of a television, officials said Friday.

The television was still on.

.....Vincenzo Riccardi, 70, appeared to have died of natural causes in his home on Wakeman Road, said Dr. Stuart Dawson, Suffolk deputy chief medical examiner.

"He was in his house, sitting in his chair, as if watching television, and the television was, in fact, still on," Dawson said.

Riccardi lived alone, his wife having died years ago, Dawson said. Mail had piled up, but then stopped being delivered.

"He hasn't been heard from in over a year. That's the part that baffles me," he said. "Nobody sounded the alarm."
The whole situation is summed up in the last paragraph.
At a neighborhood gathering last month, residents commented that they hadn't seen Riccardi in a while, neighbor Diane Devon said. "We never thought to check on him," she said.
There are so many things that could be said about this story, and the sad commentary it offers on todays society, but honestly, the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard it on the radio was "TV blaring for over a year, what brand of TV was that?"

Kinda sad isn't it.

Full story here.

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