Elderly Couple Found Living in Filth in Garage

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An elderly couple is in the hospital after deputies found them living in filthy conditions in The Plains.

On November 23, Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly says a deputy responded to a garage on West Second Street in The Plains for a well check on an elderly couple.

Deputy Mike Burba said when he got on scene, an elderly man opened the door partially. Burba says the man was lying on the floor holding the door open.

The deputy says he could see trash and clutter and there was a strong smell of trash and feces coming from inside.

The man told Deputy Burba that he didn't do anything wrong and to come back in a few days.

Burba says the man told him his sister was also in the garage and that she had been burnt by a kerosene heater.

The man also told the deputy that he had been bitten by a dog.

Deputy Burba says he was able to open the door and saw the 78-year-old man was covered in dirt and was naked. He was able to lift the elderly man onto a cot until EMS could get on scene and check him out.

The deputy said there was trash, debris and feces on the floor of the garage.

He was able to get into another room where he found an 88-year-old female sitting in a chair in the middle of the room with a kerosene heater in front of her.

According to the deputy's report, he was "horrified by the conditions of the room as there was trash, debris, rotting food, feces and such waist high in some places."

Deputy Burba was able to confirm the woman had been burnt by the kerosene heater. He says her leg was severely infected from the burn.

There was no running water or bathroom in the garage.

The male and female were both taken to the hospital for treatment.

Sheriff's Deputies, Adult Protective Services and the Athens County Health Department are investigating.

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