A Michigan man’s girlfriend’s corpse “lived” with him for about a month before police found her body while performing a welfare check.
“He opened the windows and lit some candles to mitigate the odor in the apartment,” Monroe Police Lt. John Wall said. David Hall, 49, has been charged with concealing the death of an individual, a 5-year felony.
Police are investigating but don’t suspect foul play in the death of Kandace Simmons.
Officers discovered Simmons’ body Dec. 31 in a bedroom of an apartment on East Noble Avenue after the landlord asked police to perform a welfare check, Wall said. The landlord became concerned because Hall provided repeated excuses as to why Simmons wasn’t available for discussions the landlord wanted to have about rent.
Investigators believe Simmons, who is in her 50s, died in the first week of December. Wall said neighbors noticed a window in the apartment was opened around then and remained open, something they thought was odd given the cold weather.
Officials are awaiting reports from the medical examiner’s office about how Simmons died. She may have had medical problems, Wall said.
“There was nothing at the scene to suggest a homicide,” he said.
Wall said Hall couldn’t provide investigators “any good reasons for why he didn’t call to report the death.”
“At one point, he said he panicked,” Wall said.
Hall was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a domestic violence incident involving Simmons, Wall said.
At his arraignment, he was given a $50,000 bond. He is due back in 1st District Court in Monroe Jan. 18.