Gerald Gavan Jr, 89, whose body was found on May 3 on the living room floor of his house in Lafayette, Indiana, had been dead since at least last July 15, said Tippecanoe County coroner Donna Avolt.
Investigators are trying to determine if Gavan’s wife, Ila Solomon, had a financial motive for not reporting the veteran’s death, Lafayette Police Sergeant Brian Phillips said.
There are also laws that require prompt reporting of deaths.
Avolt said the man’s body had shrivelled to skeleton form and was becoming “partly mummified”. Gavan was identified because he had a steel plate in his ankle from an old injury, she said.
Solomon also told Avolt she sometimes left the doors of the house open so birds could come in and feed on the corpse in a Tibetan tradition, at his request, Avolt said.
Tibetan Buddhists call the practice a “sky burial.”
A dead crocodile has been discovered next to a golf course, leaving animal welfare officers baffled as to how it got there.
Concerned passers-by contacted the Scottish SPCA to say they had spotted a reptile in a stream at Carnwath Golf Course, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire.
Officers initially thought it was a prank but found it was actually a 4ft 6in (1.4m) long West African dwarf crocodile, which someone had apparently tried to stuff.
A man driving back to Michigan from Arizona failed to report that a woman with him had died and completed the trip with her corpse.
Warren Police Sergeant Stephen Mills said the man’s 92-year-old mother was also in the van.
They left the Phoenix area after the woman checked out of a mental health facility. As they drove through the south-west US, the 62-year-old man discovered that the 31-year-old woman’s body was cold. Police said she may have taken oxycodone.
A western Pennsylvania man arrested for swearing in front of police has filed a lawsuit saying his right to free speech was violated.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper reported that Richard Pustovrh, from Houston, was arguing with his employers in September 2012 and they called the police.
A complaint says Pustovrh used an obscenity to voice his frustration after a Canonsburg police officer warned him not to. Mr Pustovrh wants a declaration the police actions were unconstitutional, and is seeking damages of $100,000.
A woman who claimed £140,000 in benefits by fraudulently saying she was wheelchair bound was caught after she was filmed water-skiing.
Janet Curtis, 64, pleaded guilty to nine offences of dishonesty spanning more than a decade when she appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, Suffolk Coastal District Council said.
After she was sentenced, the council released video footage showing her water-skiing in Florida. Investigators also established she had taken a cruise on the QEII.
Something seemed a little bit different about principal John Becchio as he made his rounds at Santa Barbara High School.
A mariachi group which greeted Mr Becchio in his office and followed him around for an hour was a prank played by this year’s senior class.
The Santa Barbara Unified School District posted photos and video of the prank on its website. It is not the first such musical prank. Last year, seniors at West Linn High in Oregon hired a mariachi band to follow their principal around for a few hours.