It looked like a scene out of a horror movie.
A 12-year-old boy was rummaging through a house that had gone years without care, when he opened a closet.
He saw a mummified body hanging by a belt, sending him running home.
“My son came home and he said to me that he had gone into an abandoned house and he found a body," she told WHIO.
"When he first came across it, he thought it was a dummy, or a mannequin or something."
The mummified corpse hanging inside was that of Edward Brunton. It’s believed Brunton took his own life a few months after moving into the home in 2009.
Police say he had no contact with family and was never reported as missing.
A Dayton, Ohio coroner said good conditions helped preserve the body. "Because of the location where he was found, it was relatively protected, sunlight protected, temperature protected and low humidity."