AN elderly man whose decomposing body was found after a mysterious phone call to a funeral home could have been dead for a year, police have claimed.
Connecticut police were alerted about the body following a tip off from a local funeral home on Tuesday.
East Haven Memorial Funeral Home told cops they received a call from someone inquiring about burial and cremations for someone who had died in April 2021.
When the home advised the caller to contact the police, they hung up, according to cops.
Just as cops prepared to launch an investigation, they received a call from someone asking how to get a coroner to the house.
They responded to the home on Elm Street in East Haven and said it appeared to be unoccupied, according to NBC Connecticut.
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Law enforcement entered the home and found the body of an elderly man at an advanced stage of decomposition upstairs in a bedroom, police said.
They said it's not clear why the death was not reported earlier but that the man's son is fully cooperating with the authorities.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and police are investigating.
East Haven police said: "The relationship between the deceased and the person reporting the deceased body was father / son."
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