Workers cleaning up a house dispose of a fake “body” in a dumpster. Turns out it wasn’t fake.
Two men hired to clean out a Florida rental house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage so they cut down what they believed to be a Halloween-style prank and took it to a landfill.
It turns out that it was a suicide victim. The men truly thought it was not real and will not be charged with a crime. Even the property owner thought it was fake. The body was taken to the landfill with the other garbage. Landfill workers found it and contacted police.
It’s believed the dead man, Jeremy Witfoth, 33, had hanged himself within the past several weeks. He apparently did not live there but was occupying the vacant house. The cleaning crew thought the smell was related to the garbage and rats. The body had dried out from hanging.
Back in April, a body in a parking lot in the same region was thought to be a prank. Rigor mortis had set in on a suicidal woman’s body which was thrown into a dumpster. It wasn’t a prank. Maybe the lesson here is if it looks like a body, call police first.