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Do You Look Out For Your Neighbors?

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM
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Man Makes Awful Discovery in New House the Day After Buying It


A Florida man who purchased a foreclosure at an auction earlier this week received a horrible surprise when he went to inspect his new property. William Wilson of Cape Coral picked up the house for $96,000 on Tuesday, only to find a corpse on the floor of the master bedroom when he paid the place his first visit on Wednesday.

While you often hear plenty of warnings about the perils of buying a home in foreclosure, a dead body is definitely not something you think you'd have to worry about. 

What's even worse, no one is sure exactly who the corpse is!

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Longtime neighbors believe the body may be that of an older, reclusive woman whom they say they haven't seen since 2011.

As disturbing as it must have been for Wilson, it's incredibly sad to think that no one missed this person or even thought to look in on them. It sounds like the new homeowner agrees:

You couldn't tell who it was. 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.

When I first moved into my neighborhood, the house across the street went up for sale. We were told that the elderly woman who lived there alone had an arrangement where each morning she'd open her blinds in the window that faced her neighbor's house as a sign that she was all right. 

One morning, the blinds remained shut. The couple who kept an eye out knew right away that something was wrong. Sure enough, she had fallen and was unable to get to a phone to call for help. Thanks to having that plan in place, she was found, treated, and ultimately moved to another home where she'd no longer be alone. 

Even though everyone is living busy lives, taking a few minutes to check in on an older neighbor who lives alone can make a life-saving difference. 

Do you look out for anyone in your neighborhood?

by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM
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by Louann on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I do try to pay attention to what's going on.  I'm not real close to a lot of my neighbors.  I speak and ask how everyone is etc...but not to hang out.  I've just never been one to do that a lot because sometimes it just seemed to cause problems. lol  But...having said that I do try to keep an eye out especially if I know they'll be out of town or something like that.  (if I know it)

by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM
Yes. She is older and we help her out and make sure she is alright
by Platinum Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM
We only have a couple houses on our street. We pay attention and look for movement.
by Susie on Nov. 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Our vacation home is in Cape Coral. This was on our new of course. I think the house was empty for years. Shocked no one noticed even though it was foreclosed on.
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by Pamela on Nov. 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yes, we look out for each other.....

by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

We live in a townhouse complex, and the only elderly people here are living with their family, or still have a spouse.  

by Silver Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

 We are still the new neighbors in our complex..

by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2014 at 7:32 AM

no one older here but we take in gargage mail and packages for each other and watch houses when we no they are out or on vacation or at work 

by Group Admin on Nov. 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

We are living in a pretty established neighborhood going into our third year. There are elderly people that check on each other and have been for years. Currently there is no need for us to.

by on Nov. 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

With all our closest neighbors we let each other know when we're going to be out of town or when we're expecting pkgs, etc.  Most discontinue their mail, papers if gone for extended time.  Also we keep special vigililence for misbehaving teens.

  Where I lived before, most of my neighbors were older & I kept an eye on them on regular basis.

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