After Pizza Man Suspects Something Wrong, Police Find Dead Woman In Hoarder's Home

A pizza man in New Hampshire made a delivery to a regular customer, but suspected something was wrong. The man's order had changed, and the man asked the delivery guy to bring it to a window instead of the front door. There was a horrible smell coming from the home, and the customer had blood on him. The pizza guy called the police to check on the home, and police found a body.

Gary Cotter, a 60-year-old Salem man, shared a home with his 80-year-old mother, Florence. Florence hadn't been seen for a year, and Cotter had become more and more reclusive. It got to the point at which he didn't even leave the house to get food anymore. He had groceries delivered, and often ordered from the local pizza shop.

Romano's Pizzeria delivery man, Jack Johnson, started to suspect something was going wrong at the Cotter house. For one thing, the delivery guy noticed that Cotter's orders, which were once pretty consistent, had become erratic.

“Over the previous few weeks, previous week-and-a-half or so, his order grew to become somewhat extra erratic, somewhat bigger,” said Johnson. “He would order issues he had by no means ordered earlier than and he was fairly constant about what he received. When our driver received there he requested him to convey the meals to a window as an alternative of the door and that raised some alarms.”

The last straw was when the delivery man went to the home and Cotter instructed him to bring the pizza around the house to the side window, instead of to the front door. When the Johnson went to the window, Cotter opened it, and the pizza guy saw the customer was smeared in something that looked suspiciously like blood. He also noticed a terrible stench emanating from the home.

Johnson called police and requested they do a welfare check on the residents of the Cotter home. When police arrived, they discovered that Mr. Cotter was a hoarder, and that the home had been packed with piles of disorganized junk. They then found the body of Cotter's mother.

Ms. Cotter is believed to have been dead for quite a while, according to reports. Neighbors said they hadn't seen the woman in months going in or out of the home.

The hoarding was so severe that police needed to carve a path through the home in order to go in and get Cotter. They struggled getting him out of the home, reported an officer to the New Hampshire Union Chief News.

Cotter had also been struggling with an infection on his leg.

"He's been sick for a while," said neighbor Joe Bolis, who himself is 80. Bolis had been collecting the Cotters' mail and mowing the lawn for them.

Neighbors said they had been trying to get the mother and son to get out of the home over the past couple of years, but they had been shut out.

The New Hampshire Department of Justice is now investigating how Ms. Cotter might have died. “The investigation is being performed by the Legal professional Common’s Workplace alongside the New Hampshire State Police Main Crime Unit and the Salem Police Division,” read a press release.

Source: Yahoo
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