WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — A Minnesota man was being held Wednesday on suspicion of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult after authorities found the bodies of two people who’d been dead for more than a year in the home he shared with his mother and twin brother.
The bodies were discovered Tuesday in White Bear Lake, a St. Paul suburb, after neighbors requested a welfare check because they’d seen no activity and the yard was overgrown. Officers saw one body through a main floor window, and found the second downstairs after entering the home, police said in a news release.
Autopsies on Wednesday found the two had been dead more than a year. The Ramsey County medical examiner said both were believed to have died of natural causes, and that it might take weeks to identify them.
The man was home when officers found the bodies Tuesday and was arrested Police said he told officers that his 93-year-old mother and 59-year-old twin had died on separate occasions in 2015.
A neighbor, Robert Henk, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the sons had moved into the home after their father died in 2011. One of the sons relied on an oxygen tank and lived in the basement, Henk said.
Henk said he knocked on the family’s door about 10 days ago with some vegetables from his garden, but no one came to the door.
“Maybe I should’ve called the police or 911 at the time, but I didn’t. I guess I just never thought about it,” Henk said.