Discovery of skeletal remains in empty house baffles police in Bandung

Skeletal remains found in an empty house in Bandung, West Java on Jan. 14, 2020. Photo: Margahayu Police handout
Skeletal remains found in an empty house in Bandung, West Java on Jan. 14, 2020. Photo: Margahayu Police handout

The discovery of human skeleton in an empty house spooked citizens in the Margahayu sub-district of Bandung regency, but local police are struggling to identify the decomposed remains.

According to reports, on Tuesday, the skeleton was found in what has been an empty house since 2014. That day, the homeowner, who bought the property in 2014 but lives elsewhere, ordered an employee, named Suherman, to clean the house. After Suherman finished cleaning the lawn, he went inside the house and found the skeleton sitting almost upright on an old couch.

“When [Suherman] found the skeleton he screamed and called the homeowner. And then the homeowner came and neighborhood officials reported the finding to the police,” Margahayu Police Chief Agus Wahidin told reporters today, as quoted by Detik.

“There is nothing left, just bones. The top of the skull had fallen off, but on one side long hair is still attached … but we can’t determine the gender, because men can have long hair too.”

Police have recovered the skeletal remains for lab tests but have offered no theories as to whose skeleton it was and how it ended up inside the house.

Residents at the neighborhood say that they did not see any suspicious activity at the house ever since it was bought in 2014, only that it was left vacant by the homeowner. However, they suspect that a drifter might have crawled through a hole in the house’s fence and squatted inside until his or her demise.

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