Man finds body underneath 900-pound antique floor safe in garage
A Marion, Indiana, man discovered a dead body under his antique floor safe while cleaning out his garage following a suspected home break-in this week, prompting a police investigation.
Homeowner George Hollingsworth told police he began inventorying items in his garage after discovering the door frame was damaged on Tuesday evening.
While cleaning out clutter the following day, Hollingsworth discovered his 900-pound antique floor safe had been knocked over. Upon further inspection, he realized there was a body underneath the large piece of furniture.
"My mind couldn’t comprehend it. This can’t be real. It’s like some strange tale," Hollingsworth told WXIN. "I came in and told my wife, 'I think we've got a dead body out there.' She thought I was kidding."
First responders were able to lift the heavy antique and pull out the crushed body, later identified as 28-year-old Jerimiah Disney.
In a statement, investigators said the safe, which had been held up by a floor jack, likely fell onto the intruder as he rummaged through the cluttered garage.
But despite the victim's intentions, Hollingsworth told WXIN that he wishes the man had simply gotten away with his attempted burglary.
"I would have rather seen him steal stuff and get out than die like that," he told the station. "What a horrible way to die."