William Wilson acquired his pink Cape Coral, Fla. home in a foreclosure auction Tuesday for $96,000. When he went to the home the next day to inspect the property, he found an unlisted, additional feature: the decaying remains of what neighbors believe to be the home's last tenant, who hasn't been seen in years.
According to the News-Press, the last piece of mail sent to the address was from November of 2011 and taxes owed on the property date back three years. Neighbors told the paper that a reclusive woman from Miami lived in the house with her sister, but no one had seen her in "several years."
"The inside was a mess," Wilson told the News-Press. "It looked like (someone) was packing to move. There were a lot of boxes, some pictures of children on the fridge."
Wilson said he found the house is disrepair. Rusted gates covered all the windows and doors; he walked into the living room to find a bird cage and pile of feces. He found the remains in the master bedroom next to the bed.
"You couldn't tell who it was," Wilson said. "You couldn't tell if it was a male or a female...it's disappointing and a sad thing that nobody cared enough to check."
Next-door neighbor Gary Oben Jr. told the News-Press that he only saw the woman living in the house "a handful of times" in the span of a decade. "I had a hunch," he told the paper. "Either it was a grow house or there was a dead lady in there."