You often hear about bods karking it and not being discovered for ages (usually due to the ripe smell), but this geezer was found after he'd been brown bread for seven years. It does make you wonder sometimes. http://www.waz.de/waz/waz.aktuell.volltext.php?kennung=onwazTICHomepage1178803640&zulieferer=waz&kategorie=TIC&rubrik=Homepage®ion=National&auftritt=WAZ&dbserver=1 As usual, here's a quick translation for those whose Kraut's a bit rusty: Essen: Man lay dead in apartment for seven years Essen: For seven years, a man lay dead in his apartment in the âSÃ¼dviertelâ area of Essen. The corpse was discovered around 07:45 pm on Wednesday evening. There had never been a missing persons report, the police said. âA serious crime can be excludedâ, Detective Chief Superintendent Burkhard Klein declared. The unemployed man probably died a natural death, Klein said. The exact cause of death could no longer be established. There are also no indications of suicide, as the investigator further explained. The man, a native of Gladbach, was only 59 years old. According to the police, the presumed date of death is 30.11.2000. On that day he last received a letter from Social Services. The letter lay opened in the apartment. Police officers found cigarettes, small change in Deutschmarks and an unfolded TV guide lying next to the bed on a table. In the context of serving a compulsory execution order, the apartment was to be opened by a locksmith on Wednesday. The police were also present. The small apartment was on the top floor in the attic. The building contains businesses, offices and apartments. Several apartments and offices had been empty for some considerable time. 10.05.2007 (WAZ) The pong must have been terrific, so why didn't anybody notice? More to the point; why didn't Social Services notice anything odd? MsG Edited because of fÃ¼ckin' awful English! Sorry about that. Edited again, coz I was right the first time! Marbles slowly losing.