Thieves walk past body for months to steal valuables

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AP Thieves walked past a man’s body for months to steal from his property in eastern Missouri, authorities said.

Authorities found the body of a 60-year-old man in mid-December in a detached garage in rural Lincoln County, Sheriff Rick Harrell said. Officials believe they know who the man was but have not released his name.

“At least six people walked by the body,” Harrell said. “Everything on the property was up for grabs because the person was deceased, so they started cleaning him out.”

The thefts went on for months, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The man was not reported missing because he was estranged from his family, who lived in other states. He also had two homes in Lincoln County, so neighbors were not surprised by his absence. Both homes were looted, Harrell said.

A cause of death has not been determined.

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