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Boy finds man's mummified body in closet of house

Wednesday - 6/18/2014, 7:02am  ET

A Monday June 16, 2014, photo is of a vacant house in Dayton, Ohio. An adolescent boy found the mummified body of a man hanging in a closet in the house on Sunday while exploring what he thought to be an abandoned house. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Marshall Gorby) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT (REV-SHARE) (ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT - MBI) The remains found in a vacant house have been identified as Edward Brunton, 53, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office said Monday night. The cause of death for Brunton, who apparently died in late 2009, is listed a suicide, according to the coroner's office. MARSHALL GORBY / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- An adolescent boy found the mummified body of a man hanging in a closet while exploring what appeared to be an abandoned house in southwestern Ohio.

The director of the Montgomery County coroner's office in Dayton says the body found Sunday had the hardened, leathery appearance of a mummy because 53-year-old Edward Brunton's (BRUHN'-tons) tissue had dried up and was preserved in his home's cold, dark conditions.

Director Ken Betz says Brunton was homeless before inheriting money from his mother to buy the house in October 2009 and probably died soon after that. Betz says Brunton's death was ruled a suicide caused by hanging by the neck.

Betz says Brunton's house appeared vacant and the property was overgrown with weeds and posted with city cleanup warnings.

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