Earlier this week, Michelle Haney was arrested in Florida after she admitted to concealing the dead body of her 39-year-old roommate Jon Leonard in the garbage to continue receiving his social security benefits, police said.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that Leonard died in July, but Haney buried his body, first in a closet and then in a neighbor’s trash bin, instead of reporting his death.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the neighbor opened the bin on Tuesday, December 8, and after detecting a foul scent, called the authorities. Detectives said the 55-gallon trash can held Leonard’s body “in an advanced stage of decomposition.”
She is 48 years old.
Haney has been charged with abuse of a dead human body, the sheriff’s office announced, with additional charges expected. Detectives continue to research the cause of the death of Leonard and an autopsy is being performed.
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The press release reported that when Haney’s neighbor at the Windmill Manor Mobile Home Park in Bradenton, Florida, called to say they noticed something unusual in the trash can that he had been storing on her behalf, the sheriff’s office was alerted to the situation.
The neighbor, according to the authorities, “thought the sealed trash can contain that person’s personal items and was waiting for them to come back for it. After approximately 2 months, the resident decided to open the container and quickly noticed a foul smell.”
The identity of the victim, Leonard, who was 39 years old when he died in July, was provided in a subsequent press release issued by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office also said Haney, who was living with Leonard at the time of his death, had been arrested. According to the authorities, Haney told investigators that in July, in their mobile home, she discovered his dead body.
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