The family of a man found dead says his nearly naked body was mistaken for a Halloween decoration for days and was mowed down by a worker

A man’s remains were mistaken for days for a Halloween decoration, namely his outraged family demands answers.

The family of 34-year-old Robert Owens said he was last seen alive on October 1st. A week later, police found his body on a long driveway of an abandoned house in China Grove, a small town in central North Carolina.

They said they discovered his body had been ignored by a man who was mowing the lawn and mowing around it because he thought it was a Halloween decoration.

“I don’t know how you can do this,” said Haley Shue, Owens’ sister WJZY-TV. “Mow right next to someone and assume they are Halloween decorations in a house where no one lives.”

The family said he wore very little clothing.

His body was eventually found by a construction worker.

“The construction worker told us that he had cuts and abrasions on his arms that looked like defensive wounds,” Shue said.

She continued that how he ended up in the abandoned house on Shue Road was a complete mystery.

“My grandmother has lived near Shue Road for more than 40 years,” she said, “and he has never been to this house. He’s never seen this house so far away from the road. He was never here again. He’s never been known to come here.”

His family admits that Owens was known to have used drugs.

“His nieces and nephews love him,” Shue added tearfully. “We want answers.”

Police have not ruled his death a homicide, but their investigation is ongoing. They expect more information when the autopsy report is completed.

Here is a local news report about the incident:

‘We want answers’: Rowan County man’s body mistaken for Halloween prop; Lawns were being mowed around

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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