Mummified body found in suburban home identified by police

UPDATE @ June 5, 1.30 PM | A badly decomposed body found wrapped in carpet inside a suburban Sydney home last week has been identified by police.

Cleaners made the grisly discovery last Tuesday, while cleaning out the Greendale Street home in Greenwich following the death of its owner Bruce Roberts last year.

Following investigations and an autopsy, police today confirmed the identify of the body.


“The body was positively identified as Shane John Snellman and it is believed he sustained a number of injuries,” NSW Police said in a statement.

It’s unknown when Mr Snellman died, however police say his death is being treated as suspicious and local media report his body could have been inside the property for at least 10 years.

“It’s correct to say that the victim has been in the house for a long time,” a police spokesperson said.

“There are a lot of factors that come into the investigation, like time, temperature and so on and the forensic investigation continues.”

The owner of the home died of natural causes in July last year.

It’s not known if the pair were known to each other.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ June 1, 10.00 AM | FORENSIC officers are continuing to comb through a suburban Sydney home today, where a mummified body was discovered wrapped in carpet.

Police were called to the empty home on Greendale Street in Greenwich on Tuesday, after cleaners made the grisly discovery while trying to tidy up the house for the owners.

The body has not yet been identified and police are treating the death as suspicious.

“It’s believed the body has been at the home for a considerable time and a post mortem is being conducted this afternoon to establish the cause of death and gender,” a police statement said.

It’s understood the former occupant of the house, who died last year, was a hoarder.

According to ABC, police are investigating whether he had anything to do with the body which was found ‘mummified’.

A crime scene has been established and an investigation has been launched in an attempt to identify the circumstances surrounding the death.

Police are urging anyone who may know the identity of the deceased, or who has information that may assist, to come forward.

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