Austrian’s body found 5 years after death
Man’s rent continued to be automatically withdrawn after he died
Updated: 1:41 p.m. ET Oct 4, 2006
VIENNA - Austrian authorities have discovered the body of a man who apparently died at home in bed five years ago, a Vienna newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The corpse of Franz Riedl, thought to have been in his late 80s when he died, went undetected for so long because his rent had been paid by automatic order from the bank account into which he received his pension, the daily Kurier said.
I think that has got to be one of the saddest stories I have read in a while, an old man dying alone in his bed, and not a soul on the face of the earth missed him, not even his neighbors, and nobody noticing for five years. FIVE YEARS!
Why was the old man so alone in the world?