A 43-year-old man is facing several charges including indignities to human remains after a 76-year-old man was found dead inside a Yarmouth home.
Timothy Stanley Adams is also charged with one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial.
On Tuesday at 2 p.m., Yarmouth police conducted a well-being check at a home on Grove Road and found the body of 76-year-old Stanley Ernest Adams.
Police are calling the man’s death suspicious.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Alain LeBlanc wouldn’t confirm the relationship between the victim and the accused, but Metro has learned they are uncle and nephew.
LeBlanc also didn’t know specifically how long the man had been dead for, but said it was for “quite some time” and “not a matter of days.”
“It’s very rare. You don’t see that often,” LeBlanc about the charges facing the 43-year-old nephew.
A neighbour has told the Yarmouth Vanguard it appears the victim may have been dead for quite a while. She said the man who lived in the residence was a hoarder of cats, and back in the spring – around May and June – cats started showing up at her house.
She said the RCMP have been showing up at the home since late last week. They would knock on the door and then leave, then return the following day.
“They kept banging and banging on the door and there was cop cars there continuously,” she said. She said residents in the area had been concerned about the man for months, as he hadn’t been seen for some time, yet the house has looked lived in for a long time – it was decorated for Halloween and a Christmas wreath is on the front door. The grass was also mowed.
Neighbours said the man had had a heart attack last year but had come back home after being in the hospital.
LeBlanc said he didn’t know the condition of the body when it was found. – with files from The Yarmouth Vanguard