BEAUMONT, Texas – Autopsy results were pending on a body found recently in a home damaged more than one year ago by Hurricane Rita, authorities said Wednesday.
The body of Larry Euglon, 51, was found in his home Jan. 27 when a potential homebuyer decided to check out the damaged house, which had faced demolition.
Neighbors said they thought Euglon had evacuated during the hurricane and never returned. The hurricane made landfall at nearby Sabine Pass on Sept. 24, 2005.
Justice of the Peace Vi McGinnis said Euglon apparently was a loner. She said foul play was not suspected.
"I thought he evacuated with everyone else, and never came back," neighbor Osborne J. Johnson said.
The Beaumont Enterprise reported that the dining room table was set with placemats, china and wine glasses. Outside, a tree leaned on the roof and debris littered the yard.
McGinnis said authorities found Euglon's wallet on the dresser and used that and conversations with his daughter to help identify him.
"This is the most bizarre case I've ever handled," McGinnis, a justice of the peace for 20 years, told the newspaper.
McGinnis said Euglon's mother died in a nursing home in February 2006.
"His family was actually mad at him for not attending the funeral," she said. "But nobody bothered to check on him."