Two renters answering to an ad on Craigslist made a chilling discover when they found the owner of a house in Bellevue, Washington, dead inside and his 4-year-old boy crying.
The two men found the little boy near his father body on Saturday. He was hungry and confused, saying that he hadn’t been able to wake up his father for the past two days.
Medical examiners later confirmed that the father, 35, who had blood coming from his nose, had been dead for at least 24 to 48 hours.
The men took the boy to a neighbours house, and then the neighbour and the two prospective renters went back into the Bellevue house and called the police.
“Hopefully [the boy] didn’t see too much and doesn’t realize what happened,” said Lieutenant Marcia Harnden.
“It’s never an easy thing to see a dead body- especially when it’s maybe been there for a day or two.”
If the father died two days ago, that would place his time of death around dinner time on Thanksgiving, though police have not offered any clues as to any other individuals who may have seen the father and son on the holiday.
Neither the little boy, nor the dead father, have been identified, though it has been confirmed that the boy’s mother does not live in the same house.
The men, whose names have also not been released, were looking to rent the home on the 15800 block of South East Fifth Place.
The mother was out of town when police arrived at the house around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, so the boy is now in the care of his grandparents.
The father’s body is now with the medical examiner who will determine the cause of death, though they do not suspect foul play.