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Elderly Man’s Remains Found In Yonkers Home As Many As 8 Years After His Death

Police: House Piled High With Filth; Daughter Institutionalized
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Police made the grisly discovery inside this home on Alexander Street in Yonkers on May, 13, 2011. (Photo: CBS 2)

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YONKERS (CBSNewYork) — It is a real house of horrors.

Police have confirmed the discovery of human remains inside — from an elderly person who passed away years ago.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis has learned a house on Alexander Avenue is piled high inside with trash, mold and other debris.

Neighbors said a woman in her 60s lived there with her father, who was in his 90s and suffering from cancer. They said the daughter went into a mental ward Thursday, and according to police she told a caretaker her dad was dead in the house.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Reports From Yonkers

Police showed up Thursday night, but because of the filth inside they couldn’t go in without a full-scale HAZMAT team. That team was assembled Friday morning, and the elderly man’s remains were found already decomposed on a bedroom floor.

Neighbors said the daughter should be held responsible.

“The dad supposedly died in the house, and she never did anything about it, just let him rot away,” said 81-year-old Adele Gottron.

“The father just happened to disappear one day, and nobody knew what happened to him. She kept saying he was fine, in a nursing home, then upstate,” neighbor David Welch added.

It’s unclear exactly how long the home had been neglected or the last time it was cleaned, but police said the human remains may have been in the house for between three and eight years.

Please stay with CBSNewYork.com for more on this developing story.

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