It's not known how the man died, or how long he was in the residence
By Tina Comeau
The RCMP say they are investigating the discovery of a body in a residence on the Grove Road, located just within the town limits of Yarmouth.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Yarmouth Town RCMP conducted a well-being check at a residence on Grove Road. Upon entering the home, the RCMP found the deceased body of Stanley Ernest Adams, 76, from Yarmouth.
Timothy Stanley Adams, 43 – whom neighbours have said is the newphew of the deceased and had been living in the house – was arrested without incident and has been charged with the following offences: one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial and one count of offering indignities to human remains.
He appeared in provincial court in Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon and was sent for an assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth. He is due to be back in court on Dec. 20.
The RCMP are continuing their investigation and say they are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the residence or had contact with the deceased. They've been interviewing neighbours to see when they may have last seen the elderly man.
The Southwest Nova Major Crimes Unit is assisting with the investigation.
The RCMP haven’t said how the long the man was deceased or how he died.
The Vanguard was told by a neighbour that the man’s nephew had been led away from the scene in handcuffs on Tuesday.
The same neighbour told the Yarmouth Vanguard that it appears to people living in the area of the residence that the man may have been deceased for some time. She said the elderly man was a hoarder of cats, and months back – as far back as the spring – cats started showing up at her house.
She said the RCMP had been showing up at the residence since late last week. They would knock on the door and then leave when no one answered, but would return the following day.
“They kept banging and banging on the door and there was cop cars there continuously,” she said. She said residents in the area had been concerned for some time about the elderly resident, as he hadn’t been seen for some time.
But the house had looked lived in for a long time – the grass was kept mowed and the house had been decorated for Halloween. A Christmas wreath now hangs on the front door with a plastic Santa Claus face in the front window.
"That stuff just kept appearing," said a neighbour, saying they never saw anyone putting up the decorations.
Neighbours said the man who lived in the home had had a heart attack late last winter but had come back home after being in the hospital. A neighbour who saw him arrive home from the hospital said at that time he looked very frail. She also said that a few months back tarps covering the back of the house had sprung up, along with fence-like barricades, which seemed odd.
She said she couldn't recall the last time she had seen the elderly man.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, neighbours said there were at least five police cars at the residence. There were many investigators at the scene on Wednesday, including members of the forensic unit and the medical examiner service.
The RCMP has said they expect to be on the scene for days. They have been going to door to door interviewing neighbours, asking when the last time they saw the man who lived inside the home.