Skeletonized body in the bed, dead cat in the car, disoriented woman on the porch
NJ State Police say a decomposed and partially skeletonized human body was discovered in a Sussex County home Sunday evening and a dead cat was found in the backseat of a car parked outside the residence.
The discovery was made by state troopers who had responded to a Wantage Township home after a farmer working in a nearby field noticed "an unresponsive woman" on the porch of her home and called 911, New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post.
When police arrived at the location, they found a disoriented elderly woman but she was unable to communicate with them and was later transported to Newton Medical Center for evaluation by the Wantage First Aid Squad. Her name has not yet been released.
Troopers then went inside the home to conduct a check of the residence. When they entered one of the bedrooms, they discovered the human remains on a bed.
"It is currently unknown how long the person may have been there," state police said in a statement.
Authorities have not said whether the remains were male or female, how old the person was or their relation to the elderly woman.
The house itself did not have electricity, according to authorities. Police who searched the home also noticed that there was garbage strewn about. The residence has since been declared "structurally unsafe," police said.
When troopers searched outside the home, they also discovered a dead cat in the backseat of a vehicle that was parked in the driveway. It is also unclear how long the cat had been in the car.
According to the Facebook post, state troopers are continuing to investigate the situation. Police are also working with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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