A Florida man was taken into custody after police officials discovered his mother’s decomposed body lying on the couch of his home, according to the Palm Beach Post.
On May 13, Pennsylvania police arrived at 3900 block of Thornton Street after receiving a concerned call about 81-year-old Joyce Willis. Family members said they were unable to get in contact with her because her son, Michael Eugene Sticken, 60, had refused to let anyone visit or call Willis within the last few months.
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Upon their arrival, they noticed a strong odor emitting from the residence, and when they entered the home, they saw two couches merged together with blankets piled on top as if it was hiding something. Much to their astonishment, police officials uncovered the badly decomposed body of the elderly woman, Navarre Press reports.
After conducting an autopsy, Dr. Andy Minyard — who is the medical examiner in Pensacola — concluded that the woman had been dead for at least one to four months before she was found in her home.
The cause of death is impending as they are awaiting test results.
During an interview with police, Sticken said that he had nothing to do with his mother’s death, and that he considered her “his best friend.” However, he didn’t give a direct reason as to why he allowed his mother to lay dead on their couch, decomposing for nearly four months.
Police later discovered that during the time his mother’s decomposed body lay on her couch, $1,400 from her social security payments was deposited into her account each month. And every month, Sticken would make withdrawals from the account he shared with his mother, according to bank records.
After a rigorous investigation, Pensacola police believed he failed to report his mother’s death because he wanted to continue collecting monthly payments from social security. He was placed under arrest Thursday morning and charged with grand theft and failure to report a death.
The Pensacola man is currently being held at the Santa Rosa county jail with a bond set at $6,000.
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