— Man lived in home filled with stench of decay from his dead mother and brother’s corpses
— Police finds skeletal remains of Kuefler’s mother in an upstairs bedroom, and the mummified corpse of his twin brother in the basement
A Minnesota man identified as Robert James Kuefler, who lived with the decaying bodies of his dead mother and twin brother for more than a year said he didn’t report their deaths because he was traumatized.
Kuefler’s neighbours called police to check on his residence when they perceived stench of decay from his resident.
Responding officers said the house had the stench of decay. They found the skeletal remains of Kuefler’s mother Evelyn in an upstairs bedroom, and the mummified corpse of his twin brother Richard in the basement, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
According to Inside Edition, “Kuefler, 60 was charged last week by police in White Bear, Minnesota, with interference with a dead body or scene of death, a misdemeanor”
Autopsies on the bodies showed both died of natural causes; Richard in July 2015, and his mother a month later.
“I was traumatized. What would you do?” Kuefler told The Associated Press on Saturday. “I am not some nut ball. People think I am, but I’m not. I loved them.”
Kuefler told police he found his brother dead in a chair and “eventually moved the body to the bathroom as it was ‘in the way,’ ” according to a court document. He told investigators he knew his mother was dying, but “didn’t want to be around when she died, so he left the house to drive around a couple of hours.”
She was dead in her bed when he returned, according to the Star Tribune.
Also, CBS News reported that Kuefler hid the deaths from family members. He even sent out Christmas cards saying his brother and mom were in bad health and did not want visitors or phone calls.