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Officials: Daughters Confess To Burying Father In Yard

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The two daughters of a missing 94-year-old Eustis, Florida, man have allegedly confessed to burying his body in his yard.

When Sarah and Susan Kort found their father, Melvin Kort, dead of an apparent stroke or heart attack, they panicked and buried his body in the yard, Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Fred Jones said on Oct. 20, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Melvin's out-of-state brother, whom he had not had contact with in nine years, reported him missing in July. Susan and Sarah, who shared the home with their father, reportedly told him their father had moved out, Jones said.

When deputies went to the home, the daughters told them their father had moved north, and since nothing seemed suspicious they left.

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In September, an anonymous tip to the sheriff’s office said a body was buried near Melvin’s home. 

During a search of the property on Sept. 9, deputies found a man’s remains, WFTV reported. At that time, the daughters did not come forward.

The remains were heavily decomposed in a shallow grave, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Detectives were unable to identify the remains, so a familial DNA test was completed and sent to the lab to confirm if the remains are Melvin’s, as his daughters claim.

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Since the autopsy did not show signs of trauma to the man’s body, the cause of death is listed as undetermined.

Melvin, who had a history of health problems, is believed to have died four or five years ago, Jones said.

The case has been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review, and Sarah and Susan may face charges of improper disposal of deceased body.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel, WFTV / Photo credit: Shanna Riley/Flickr

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