Two parents and their teenage daughter in Ohio have been arrested after police came in the home and found a horrifying scene: when their Vietnam war vet tenant died, the family failed to report it and instead allowed the body to decompose while they continued to collect his social security benefits.
That’s not the worst thing police found though. The family, in addition to the smell that must have come off of a months-old corpse, had 19 cats. Investigators also noted that they had no flush toiled, and would dump waste around their property.
The house is now condemned.
“Parents Brian Dickey Sorohan, 49, and Stacy Lynn Sorohan, 45, as well as their 18-year-old daughter Brianna, were charged with gross abuse of a corpse and failure to report a knowledge of death Wednesday in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. The parents were additionally charged with theft of a credit card,” reports Daily Mail.
The war veteran, named Robert Harris, had moved in with the family in 2010, and according to all reports they all got along. Medical examiners determined that Harris had died several months ago, remarking over how decomposed the body was.
The Daily Mail states:
The gruesome death came to light when on Sunday neighbor Steve Carlisle visited the Sorohan home regarding some money he was owed, the Ohio Times Reporter reports.
Carlisle hadn’t seen Harris since 2013, at a local McDonald’s, when he recalls the man ‘walking with a limp’ and with a ‘horrendous’ odor coming off of him.
Young Brianna answered the door on Sunday, and concerned about Harris, Carlisle asked after the aging veteran.
When Carlisle mentioned that Harris hadn’t looked too healthy the last time he’d seen him, he says Brianna responded that the man had gotten much healthier right before he left town.
‘Right when she told me that,’ Carlisle told the Times Reporter, ‘there was no doubt in my mind he wasn’t with us anymore.’
Sheriff’s deputies conducted a welfare check on Harris on Tuesday, and in addition to the body they found the home covered in filth.
There was no flush toilet, and the Sorohans would dump garbage bags of human waste nearby, or leave the bags in a nearby wheelbarrow, said Carlisle.
The home was also full of roughly 19 cats, estimated another neighbor, Jill France. ‘I’ve seen dead cats in that house,’ France said.
Investigators were forced to endure the putrid conditions in the Sorohan house as they processed the scene.
‘The people that were coming out were gagging,’ said France. ‘Everyone that came out, I thought they were going to puke.’
The home now has a yellow condemned notice posted on the front door.
What the neighbor found most unbelievable was the sickening notion that the Sorohans had lived with a dead body in the home for months.
‘They had to walk by him every day, multiple times a day,’ she said.
Brianna is free on bond, while each of her parents are being held pending $20,000 bail.