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Do Not Bury Dad in the Yard

MP900382652[1]Two women in Florida have confessed that they improperly disposed of their father's body five years ago.

Fairly or not, the state of Florida has a reputation for weird news. One of the latest stories to come out of the state is not going to do this reputation any good.

The details are sparse, but two women have confessed to authorities that they buried their 94-year-old father in his yard five years ago. The man had previously been reported missing by his brother.

Law enforcement discovered the body after receiving a tip that body was buried at the house. The sisters claim they found their father dead in the house, panicked and buried him according to FOX News in "Officials: Daughters confess to burying father, 94, in yard."

The sisters have been referred to the state's attorney general's office for investigation of possible crimes of which there could be several, such as improperly disposing of human remains.

Various financial crimes are also a possibility if they used their father's bank accounts or if he was receiving Social Security benefits they used.

It is not clear why the sisters panicked and did not call authorities when they discovered their father had passed away, but it obviously raises suspicion.

Needless to say, if you find a family member has passed away, do not bury the body. Call authorities. Not doing so is against the law and could almost be considered elder abuse.

Reference: FOX News (Oct.21, 2016) "Officials: Daughters confess to burying father, 94, in yard."


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