An investigation is underway at a home on the Grove Road where the body of an elderly man was discovered on Dec. 3. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
An autopsy was scheduled to take place in Dartmouth on Thursday, Dec. 5, to help investigators determine how and when an elderly man in Yarmouth died.
The body of 76-year-old Stanley Ernest Adams was discovered in his 55 Grove Road residence on Tuesday, Dec. 3, after RCMP entered the home following numerous visits to the house over the span of a few days. No one answered the door when the police came knocking, eventually they forced their way inside. The visits had been triggered over concern of the resident’s well being.
Investigators expect it to take weeks to get back the autopsy results, along with other lab results.
Neighbours said they hadn’t seen the elderly man in quite some time, but that things happening around the home caused them to question if something was wrong. For instance, one neighbour said that cats the elderly man usually kept inside the home had started showing up at her home as far back as May. There had been no sign of the homeowner, yet Halloween and Christmas decorations had been put up around the house. But tarps covering the back of the house and barricades also went up, they said.
“Pursuant to a call of concern, background checks and neighbourhood inquiries, we entered the home to check on Mr. Adams,” RCMP Sergeant Al LeBlanc says.
What they discovered was that the homeowner was deceased. As for how long, the police aren’t offering a specific timeframe, although neighbours said they hadn't seen the elderly man since last winter.
“We can say that the deceased had been there for quite some time, and we are not talking about days,” Sgt. LeBlanc said.
A 43-year-old man, Timothy Stanley Adams, 43 – whom neighbours have said is the nephew of the deceased and had been living in the house – has been charged with one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial and one count of offering indignities to human remains. Documents filed with the court list the offence dates as having occurred between Jan. 22, 2013, and Dec. 3, 2013.
Following a very brief appearance in provincial court in Yarmouth on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Timothy Adams has been sent for assessment to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 20.
The remains of Stanley Adams were removed from the residence on Wednesday evening, although investigators are still processing the scene.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation and investigators will take as long as necessary to process the scene,” Sgt. LeBlanc said.
Involved in the investigation are the Yarmouth town and rural detachments, the Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit, Forensics Identification and the Yarmouth and Clare Street Crime Enforcement Unit. The RCMP are also receiving assistance from the Medical Examiner's Office.