FOX News reports that a Michigan man has been arrested after he was found to be living with the corpse of his girlfriend for at least a month, trying to mask the smell of decay with scented candles.
David Hall, 49, of Monroe, has been charged with concealing the death of an individual and is being held on $50,000 bond, according to FOX2 Detroit. The body was discovered after concerned neighbors filed complaints about the smells coming from the home. Once neighbor, Katrina Baker, thought it odd that someone would have the windows wide open in the freezing temps.
Baker, along with others, wondered about the smell and open windows for about a month before the landlord called police to conduct a welfare check on the upstairs apartment. When police arrived, they discovered the body of Kandace Simmons, 56, Hall’s girlfriend, in a bedroom.
Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Simmons suffered from undisclosed medical issues, and is believed to have died of natural causes in early December, says FOX2. Police also found Hall had an outstanding arrest warrant for domestic charges involving an incident with Simmons, but they do not suspect foul play in Simmons’ death.
Hall was not present when police discovered the body surrounded by scented candles on December 31. Neighbors were asked where he could be found, but Hall was arrested and charged after police conducted a routine traffic stop. The Associate Press reports that Hall has given no indication of why he did not report Simmons’ death to authorities.
*Photo credit Monroe Police Department