PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police found a man’s body Friday on the first floor of a Frazier Street home in South Oakland.
Neighbors said he hadn’t been seen for months; and, in fact, some of the mail on his porch and in his mailbox was postmarked last May.
The skeletal remains have not been identified yet by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. Investigators say the death did not appear to be suspicious.
The house where the man lived, in the 3600-block of Frazier Street, is only a few hundred feet from the “Dan Marino Ballfield.”
Neighbors are puzzled by the man’s death.
“No one noticed the mail or anything?” Dustin Regec said. “The mailman didn’t wonder, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’”
Another Frazier Street resident, Rita Sims, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “I would see him in the first Tuesday every month at the Food Bank, but lately, I haven’t seen him for a while, and I didn’t know who to get in touch with.”
Trees and bushes cover most of the front of his home; and in the back of the house, it’s like a jungle. The backyard is virtually invisible to passers-by.
KDKA sent inquiries to Mayor Bill Peduto’s Office and Duquesne Light, but got no responses.
An official with the U.S. Postal Service said employees are instructed to notify their supervisor if they notice any indications that someone is not living in a home or if they notice that mail is piling up. As of Friday evening, officials were unable to determine if there was a regular mail carrier on that route or substitutes daily.