The decaying body of an Army veteran went undiscovered at a Massachusetts facility for a month — because no one bothered to look in an emergency exit stairwell, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A 45-page report released Thursday detailed the disappearance and death of Timothy White, 62, whose “significantly decayed” corpse was discovered in June 2020 in a stairwell at the Bedford Veterans Quarters in Massachusetts.
White, who had recently been homeless, started living at the privately operated, VA-owned building in January 2020.
He was reported missing from his single-occupancy room on May 13 and lived just down the hall from where his body was later found nearly a month later on June 12 – having never left the building, according to the report by the VA’s Office of Inspector General.
Another resident at the facility ultimately found White’s body and he was wearing the same clothes he had on when he was last