The kinds of things you can find while looking for a new home:
The desiccated corpse was discovered by a man who was house shopping and ventured into the home's garage on Thursday afternoon, spotting the body inside an early 1990s-model Plymouth sedan, police and coroner's officials said.
How long the body had been in the garage and the circumstances of the individual's death remained unknown, said Lloyd Jackson, a spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
"It was there for a long period of time," Jackson said. "It's mummified, so it's probably been over a year, at least."
Medical examiners visually inspected the corpse, which was found dressed in a shirt, sweater and pants.
But the advanced state of decomposition, in which exposed tissue has turned brown, taking on the appearance of tanned leather, precludes a conventional autopsy, even obscuring whether the person was male or female, Jackson said.
The article thoughtfully considers one criminal possibility:
The home where the body turned up was being rented by tenants who told police they never used the garage and knew nothing about the body's presence, Detroit police spokesman Dan Donakowski said.
That's the thing about the Gothic. Everything old can return again.
(thanks to Steven Kaye)