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18 Bodies That Were Found Years After The Person Died

While people die every day, the manner in which they pass is not always the same. On this list are stories of people who died, only to have their bodies remain undiscovered for years. Some deaths go unnoticed due to the deceased’s extreme isolation. Others are deliberately concealed to avert a police investigation. In more rare circumstances, people die from unpredictable environmental conditions, and the bodies become naturally hidden. Whether it’s in an ancient tomb, a La-Z-Boy, or even a chimney, people inexplicably found the following bodies years after the initial deaths.

  • Husband's Body Found 18 Years After His Death

    Reportedly, John and Leigh Ann Sabine abandoned their five children in New Zealand in 1969. The couple, under false names, quickly moved to Australia. When they returned to New Zealand in 1984 to see their children, the daughters reported them to police. The couple again relocated and settled in South Wales.  

    Leigh Ann died in 2015 from cancer. Reportedly, no one had seen John since 1997. After Leigh Ann’s death, authorities unearthed his remains from his wife’s garden in Beddau. Someone had wrapped his body in plastic sheets. Detectives determined his injuries were consistent with an assault and ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma. Welsh authorities considered the deceased Leigh Ann as the primary suspect. 

  • Man Found Hanging After Eight Years

    In 2013, a new tenant in a Bussy-Saint-Georges building found the body of Thomas Ngin. Authorities determined Ngin, who was originally from Cambodia, died eight years prior in the apartment. Medical examiners ruled the cause of death as self-inflicted hanging.

    Ngin’s apartment was isolated within the complex, and his death remained unnoticed until the bank finally seized and sold his unit. 

  • Missing Yucca Valley Woman Found Dead In Car After Two Years

    In 2013, Carla Ruth Reyes went missing. Hikers didn’t discover her body - in the back of her Mitsubishi Gallant - until 2015. Reyes, a 52-year-old Yucca Valley woman, reportedly left her cell phone at home before driving out to an isolated part of California’s Highway 62.

    Her surviving family believes she took her own life, and medical examiners determined no foul play occurred.

  • Joyce Carol Vincent's Body Lay On A Sofa For Over Two Years

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    In 2006, while in the process of repossessing a home, London police discovered the body of 38-year-old Joyce Carol Vincent. Medical examiners determined she died over two years prior. According to the police, they found her on her couch. The television set was still on, tuned to BBC1, and a small pile of unopened Christmas presents lay on the floor.

    Authorities identified Vincent from her dental records and ruled her death as from natural causes. Her death inspired a 2011 docudrama, Dreams of a Life.