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21 People Who Discovered Dead Bodies Share Their Stories

Updated April 28, 2020 819.5k views21 items

There's nothing more horrifying than stumbling upon a dead body. These horror stories from Reddit users are all true - and extremely disturbing. Whether they are about people finding corpses randomly or are from the point of view of law enforcement, these creepy stories might just keep you up at night. 

  • The Van Accident

    From Redditor /u/trulyunruly:

    I have a similar story that stays with me. I was with my family driving back from Utah, and we were just outside of Las Vegas on the I-15 (southbound). All of a sudden, the traffic in front of us quickly comes to a halt. A 15-person passenger van traveling northbound had swerved into the median and rolled over. Everyone in the car was ejected through the windows of the van. There were bodies all over the median.

    The people in the first cars that stopped had tried to cover the bodies with whatever was available from the van...sleeping bags, sweatshirts, pillow cases, etc. The faces were covered, but what I remember so vividly is a pair of small, shoeless feet just sticking out from under the coverings. It took my breath away.

    As we sat in traffic, we could hear the lifeflight helicopter, the ambulances, and the fire truck making their way to the accident scene. I am not sure if there were any survivors.

    We learned later that it was a church youth group being driven by a youth minister. The image of those bodies laying in the median and shrouded in sleeping bags is something I will never forget :-(

  • He Was Purple

    From Redditor /u/patrick_mc:

    I was delivering a fruit/flower arrangement to a house and the recipient was not answering the door, I peek in the window on the door and see an adult male on the floor next to his couch, his entire body was purple. I tried to open the door and it was locked.

    I called 911, an ambulance and the police showed up and confirmed he was dead. This was my first experience with a dead body. I was a little freaked out, to say the least. A few detectives asked me some questions as I sat on the ground next to the delivery truck. I was shaking the whole time.

    The kicker... I was at the wrong address... the arrangement was meant for this guy's neighbor.

  • Killed By A Metal Pipe

    From Redditor /u/Chris632:

    Didn't really find a dead body, but a co-worker I was working with died on the same shift I was working on. A large metal pipe fell from the top floor of the factory about six stories down and pierced through his helmet and head. He died upon impact. I saw the whole thing unfold and was the first to arrive on the scene. I was in charge of safety that day.

    Let me shed some light on what exactly happened.

    This happened at one of the biggest steel companies in Europe. I was working in the factory where they made the liquid steel by throwing in liquid ores and scrap metal into this huge ovens. The cranes take care of throwing the stuff in and this takes place every 15 to 30 minutes. The scrap metal is thrown into containers and then gets transported through the factory by the cranes. While the containers are being moved by the cranes no one is allowed to walk on the factory floor. Safety guys make sure everyone gets off the floor once it is time to transport this stuff. The containers where the scrap metal is in are open at the top so stuff could fall out. This is exactly what happened and the guy that got hit shouldn't have been walking there. One of my co workers failed on making sure no one was walking on the floor. Needless to say he was fired.

  • Simple, Yet Creepy

    From Redditor /u/jagwac:

    1) Riding my bike on a levee trail, came up on a couple guys who were waiting on the cops. They had been first to spot the homeless guy laying in the grass next to the road. Natural causes.

    2) Guy floated past us while we were on a canal boat cruise in Lockport, NY. Freaked out a whole boatload of people. Suicide.