A Texas man’s home was stuffed with so much garbage it took five days to find his body, police say.
Police went to the home of 67-year-old Skip Bynum after he missed church, but there was so much debris in the home they couldn’t find him, reports The Dallas Morning News.
Search dogs were initially unable to locate Bynum, potentially because of the competing odors from the bodies of two dogs and a raccoon. A Chihuahua was found alive.
Searchers cut holes in the roof to gain access to rooms blocked by 12-foot high mounds of refuse that contained milk jugs full of urine.
A search dog found the body days after a cleanup crew was hired by the city to clear the home.
Neighbors, now worried about an invasion by an “army of rats,” never complained about the home’s condition. In 2012, city officials visited three times to tell Bynum to mow his grass and he did.
A former friend described Bynum as a “a jovial little guy” who liked model trains and had trouble parting with stuff.