An elderly veteran found decomposing on his living room floor last month had been there for more than nine months, a coronor found, while his wife continued to go about her business as usual.
Neighbors said the man's wife, Ila Solomon, whom they knew as his live-in caretaker, carried on as if nothing were out of the ordinary, as reported by the The Lafayette Journal & Courier.
Solomon refuted the coroner's report altogether, denying that the man died until April 28. She declined to say why she didn't report the death at that time.
Tyler Imel, who lived next door, said he was unnerved by the revelation, especially because he spent time on Gavan's porch with Solomon, "never suspecting the man's body was rotting just a few feet away."
Correction: The name of the Tippecanoe County Coroner is Donna Avolt. An earlier version of this article misspelled her name.
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