Mummified Body Found in Jackson Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police say a woman kept the body of her dead boyfriend inside their southern Michigan house for 18 months.

Jackson police Lt. Chris Simpson says the body of 67-year-old Charles Zigler was discovered last week covered in a chair. He tells Mlive.com that a woman who lived with Zigler knew he had died in December 2010.

No foul play is suspected in the death. Police went to Zigler's home Friday after family members said they hadn't seen him for a long time.

The case is being investigated for possible charges. The 71-year-old woman who lived with Zigler has not been arrested.


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  • by Elma on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    This man is my Great Uncle. The family was trying to contact him but she kept everyone away. I tried to contact him multiple times in the past two years because his neice (my mom) passed in 2010. His son tryed going to see him at his home and she refused to let him go in the home. It isn't the families fault for not knowing, she is a very good actor.
  • by Charlene Location: Bellevue on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    His family hadn't seen him for a long time??? Seems like you'd check on your family more often than every 18 months if you really cared about them.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Hmmm. I wonder if she was collecting his Social Security checks? Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Jack Location: Jackson on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Where'd all his social security money go? They use direct deposit, so don't notice when checks aren't cashed. She may not be guilty of killing him, but there's been at least one crime committed....
  • by Diane Location: Mummified Bidy in Jackson on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    Talk about being too clingy !
  • by Zack Location: Jackson on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    I have heard of ghost investigators that will be able to easier communicate with the dead if that person's body is recovered or kept inside of the house. So with this I believe that the woman wanted to keep her boyfriend's spirit with her, rather than set him free.
  • by What! on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    Slow news day?
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      by Jack on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:17 PM in reply to What!
      Oh I don't know, I think finding a corpse that's been in a woman's living room for 18 months in downtown Jackson is pretty news-worthy...
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