Cass County Police are further investigating a suspicious death involving two brothersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County authorities have a rare unattended death investigation in their hands, after finding a man dead - skeleton-like, his body chewed on by rodents.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County authorities have a rare unattended death investigation in their hands, after finding a man dead - skeleton-like, his body chewed on by rodents.
The Sheriff's Office is now investigating the dead man's brother, who was supposed to be taking care of him.
A Cass County search warrant shows detectives found the 58-year-old man dead in his unheated home, his body emaciated and covered with rodent bites.
Sgt. Mitch Burris/Cass Co. Sherriff’s Office: “The conditions were rare but unattended deaths are not”
Documents say deputies received a call earlier this month reporting an unattended death then went to a rural farmstead where they discovered the body.
It was surrounded by piles of filth and garbage, showed signs of frostbite and starvation even had fresh rodent bites.
The deceased man's brother told authorities he lives in a shed on the same farmstead and had been looking after his brother for four years - who he says was mentally ill.
But he admits to neglecting his brother for the last six months, and told them there had not been heat or running water in the home for that same amount of time.
Cass County investigators say they're trying to piece through all of the information, as the investigation is only in the "infant stages".
Burris: “We don't even know what we have at this point. Currently we have an unattended death and until we can get some autopsy reports back and until we can get some of our physical evidence back, we're not going to be able to classify this as anything other than an unattended death at this point.”
The brother also told authorities he was in charge of the dead brother's financial affairs, including a substantial trust from their father.
Documents say the trust for the dead brother was down to only six dollars, while the living brother told investigators his bank account stands at half a million dollars.
Charges have not been filed in the case, So WDAY is not releasing either brother's names, or where they lived.