Coroner: Body found was hanging for 5 years

harbine ave body found
A body was found inside a house on South Harbine Avenue, June 15, 2014. (WDTN- Adam Schrand)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery Coroner’s office told 2 NEWS the body found inside a home in the 200 block of South Harbine Avenue Sunday afternoon has been there for five years.

The body was found hanging in a closet, and according to the coroner, was leathery and skeletal.

“Because of the location where he was found, it was relatively protected, sunlight protected, temperature protected and low humidity,” said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner.

Dr. Harshbarger said he believes the body is that of 53 year-old Edward Brunton, based on identification and other paperwork found inside the home. Officials are still waiting for dental records to make a positive determination.

A neighbor told 2 NEWS she’s surprised this could have happened in her own neighborhood.

“My reaction, I mean, I’m kinda scarred. I want to, you know, I want to be able to know more, you know, cause I having a son and I’m about to raise him right in this house so when you guys tell me a dead body, I’m like, you know, I’ve never seen no activity, you know, for nothing bad… I don’t know,” said Ciera Richter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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