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Tenn. mom finds body under porch during Easter egg hunt

Tenn. Mom Finds Body Under Porch During Easter Egg Hunt

A Knoxville, Tennessee mom made a terrifying discovery while setting up an Easter egg hunt for her four-year-old son.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the woman found a decomposing body under her porch. She said she'd been noticing a foul smell for a few days, but she hadn't been able to find the source.

She had also asked a person cutting her grass to be on the lookout for the source of the smell, WBIR reported. When the woman once again noticed the odor during her Easter egg hunt, she went searching. According to WBIR, "the body was in a spot deep beneath the deck... around 15 to 20 feet from the outer edge."

According to WKRN, police haven't been able to identify the man, whom they've determined had been under the woman's deck for about two weeks. Other than "extensive dental work," authorities don't have much to go on - advanced decomposition meant he couldn't be fingerprinted.

A writer for The Stir points out the only silver lining to be found in this tragic story: "His body was reportedly found 15 to 20 feet from the edge of the deck, which is good news because it means the child couldn't see it."

According to the Sentinel, authorities performed an autopsy, and the body showed no signs of foul play. It did however find the man had a medical condition that could have resulted in his death.

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huntsd1 April 18 2014 at 4:23 PM

Well you know its been freezing I TN so maybe the smell is just now coming out do to it thawing out. I agree with the other person saying it was someone looking for shelter. Its sad. Prayers to the man and whom ever his family.

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wb7ptr huntsd1 April 18 2014 at 4:32 PM

Guy may have died of hypothermia trying to sleep under the house. Maybe a homeless person.

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crimson April 18 2014 at 4:17 PM


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Fred April 18 2014 at 7:10 PM

I am sure it was an interesting vid but since they make you watch a commericial first I refuse to view them.

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Pam April 18 2014 at 4:28 PM

Sounds like it might have been someone who was homeless and looking for shelter. May he rest in peace.

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Barbara April 19 2014 at 6:33 AM

Maybe the man was running from someone and ducked under the porch to hide? Could've died from a heart attack or asthma attack...you just don't know. As for the odor according to the article the lawn guy couldn't find the source either. Personally if I had smelled that odor I would have contacted the police to check it out.

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scott April 18 2014 at 4:29 PM

Well they have made housing prices crazy out of control. No one these days can even find a job. So I expect to see more of this kind of thing happening to people who cant find a job or afford housing.

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jlmrdh1970 April 19 2014 at 5:15 AM

that is just weird (a) how could you not smell a body decomposing under your deck the smell would be so strong and offensive and (b) who crawls 15 feet under a deck to die? probably a drug overdose

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Dawna April 18 2014 at 4:34 PM

If, indeed, no foul play was involved, the man could have been mentally ill, intoxicated, or suffering from Alzheimers/other dementia and crawled under the porch to try to keep warm. He could also, simply, have been homeless and needing shelter on a cold night, maybe when it was snowing or sleeting -- under a deck looked better than nothing -- and, he fell asleep, froze to death, and never woke up.

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Camp Bulldog Dawna April 18 2014 at 4:39 PM

that sure is a lot of 'could be's' but I think you know one thing for sure.... ; )

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comfortablyxxxnumb April 19 2014 at 1:46 AM

Something like that could never happen around my house. My dogs would have found the body within a day....and drug the remains to the top of the porch as to show me what they found. They seem to take pride in their ability to find dead things and if the item found is not displayed on the porch, they bury it until it gets ripe and dig it back up so they can scatter parts throughout the yard.

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hensteeth comfortablyxxxnumb April 19 2014 at 5:41 AM

My sweet little (indoor) cat wouldn't do the things you describe. My sympathies.

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Lillian April 19 2014 at 1:41 AM

Once you smell a decomposed body you will never forget that smell. I worked in a hospital and a female body was found in the park across the street from the hospital. Some soldiers found her body while on a march. This young lady was stripped of all clothing and propped against a tree. This was the first time I encountered that odor and to this day I will never forget that smell. The staff alerted us that this body would be coming to our hospital. With everybody being in shock of such a horrible death and who could have done something like this. Well here come the body through the front door and that odor went down on the inside of me and I just started to gag. The entire area had this horrible odor. This odor is different than any odor one have ever smelled. Again, you will never forget that odor. I am so sorry for that person could have been a doctor, lawyer, president of bank, mother, father, sister or brother. When the mind is bad family members do the best they can to keep up with their love ones but they have a way of slipping out door in nursing homes, their homes and the results of this is death, if they are not found quickly. RIP

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paxrail Lillian April 19 2014 at 4:17 AM

The stink of a decomposing human is completely different from a decomposing animal. It really is unique and kicks in within 24 hours. "Putrid" pretty well covers it.

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STILCHEN FAMILY Lillian April 19 2014 at 4:58 AM

You are right about that odor, Lillian. I remember when I was about 18 years old and one of our neighbors committed suicide. He was a lonor and very private so no one found him for days, but I remember the odor coming from his home for days before he was found. I had to walk past his house every day to get to work and I kept wondering what and where that distinctive odor was coming from for days before they found his body. Now I will never forget that very pungent human decay odor!

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