A 75-year-old man may have been lying dead in his South
Dunedin house for weeks before his body was discovered
yesterday, Dunedin police say.
Acting Senior Sergeant Chris McLellan said police were
alerted when a medical practitioner contacted police at
5.30pm and asked them to check on the man, whom he had not
heard from recently.
''They were worried he hadn't been in to pick up his
It was difficult to say how long the man had been dead,
Acting Snr Sgt McLellan said.
Police were looking through mail, past chemist visits and
other items in the man's house to determine exactly how long
he had been been dead.
''He could have been there for weeks.''
Dunedin police were still attempting to contact the man's
next of kin last night.
The body was taken to the Dunedin mortuary last night and the
matter had been referred to the coroner.
The cause of death was not believed to be suspicious.
The man had been living in his own house in Caversham, Acting
Snr Sgt McLellan said.
''Unfortunately, we have people living alone that don't have
family contact or people checking on them.
''It's a reminder that if you've got elderly residents next
door and you haven't seen them for a while, it's a good idea
to give police a call.
''We're happy to check on their welfare,'' he said.