Living with a corpse

(WTHR) An 88-year-old Lafayette, Indiana man was dead inside his home for nine months before authorities knew about his death.

Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt calls the case unique. Some neighbors say it’s shocking. But whatever happened remains a mystery that police say could take weeks to figure out.

The Nativity scene on the front porch in June is the first clue that something at this home is out of the ordinary.

“She seemed a little unusual. She seemed a little crazy,” says neighbor Bonnie Davies.

“She” is Ila Solomon, Gerald Gavan’s wife of two years. The 88-year-old Gavan, known by friends as “Scooter,” was found by police on the living room floor of the home May 3. The coroner says he was dead for at least nine months.

“For a year, kind of, the neighbors would talk. ‘Where’s Scooter? We haven’t seen him’,” said Davies.

His wife told neighbors her husband wasn’t home.

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