Suicide victim mistaken for mannequin, trashed

This screengrab of an ABC news clip shows the site where the body was found at a garbage transfer...

This screengrab of an ABC news clip shows the site where the body was found at a garbage transfer station in Florida. (ABC Action News screengrab)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

Two men hired to clean a Florida house mistook the decomposed, mummified body of a man who committed suicide for a mannequin and hauled it off to the dump.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office got a call about human remains found at a garbage transfer station on Thursday.

Cops tracked down the vehicle that dropped off the body, and driver told police he and a friend were hired to clean out a vacant house near Tampa Bay when they discovered what they thought was a creepy mannequin.

"Both individuals as well as the property owners believed the lifelike mannequin was a distasteful 'Halloween-like' hoax left by the former renters," police said in a media release.

Jeremy Witfoth, 33, appears to have committed suicide sometime within the last several weeks, cops said.

"His body was in a state of decomposition similar to mummification," police said.

Driver Israel Lopez, 50, and his co-worker Adam Hines, 30, have not been charged, but the investigation continues.


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