Rotting corpse of man, 55, left undiscovered on sofa for five years

Police have discovered a rotting corpse that is believed to have been on the victim's sofa for as long as five years.

Authorities on the Spanish resort island of Majorca made the shocking find in the town of Cala Millor on February 22.

National police officers were contacted by neighbours who grew concerned after they went a long time without hearing from a neighbour who lived in their building, identified as 55-year-old Bernat Masquida Barcelo.

One of the concerned neighbours gave the police a spare key that was given to her by the homeowner several years ago and they went to investigate.

The officers knocked on the door repeatedly and after hearing no response, were left with no option but to open the door themselves.

After entering the property, the officers soon noticed a strong smell before finding Mr Mesquida Barcelo’s skeletal corpse in a mummified state lying on his sofa with a blanket over him.

Officers also said that the 55-year-old man lived in filthy conditions and suspected that he had Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome.

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This is characterised by severe self-neglect, living in domestic squalor and social withdrawal.

Forensics have yet to confirm the exact time and cause of death, however a preliminary review suggested the body could have been there for as long as five years.

There have been no reports on the possible causes of Mr Mesquida Barcelo’s death.

Several neighbours told local media that they felt sad that nobody noticed the man was missing for so long until his body was eventually discovered.

The island of Majorca attracts millions of British holidaymakers every year.

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