After a body was found wrapped in a carpet and “mummified” in a home belonging to a hoarder, Bruce Roberts, in Sydney‘s Lower North Shore last week, police have formally identified the remains as belonging to Shane John Snellman.
Police believe that Snellman’s body had been in the house for ten years before it was found last week by forensic cleaners, after Roberts passed away in July last year.
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the forensic investigation into Snellman’s death needs to consider things like temperature and time before being able to completely confirm how long his body had been in the house. The death is being treated as suspicious, as the body had apparently sustained injuries, as reported by police late last week.
It’s also been reported that Snellman was known to police, and had been estranged from his family for some time before his death, which is why a missing person report was never filed for him. His family has since been contacted by police.
Various items from the overcrowded house have been taken in as evidence, including clothes found on Snellman’s body.
We’ll keep you updated as the investigation into Snellman’s death develops.