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Michelle Haney, 48, was arrested in Florida earlier this week after she confessed to hiding the body of her 39-year-old roommate Jon Leonard in the trash to continue collecting her Social Security benefits, the agency said. police. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Leonard died in July, but instead of reporting her death, Haney hid her body, first in a closet and then in a neighbor’s trash.
According to the press release from the sheriff’s office, the neighbor opened the container on Tuesday, December 8, and called authorities after noticing a foul odor. Detectives said the 55-gallon trash can contained Leonard’s body “in an advanced stage of decomposition.”
Haney has been charged with abusing a dead human body and additional charges are expected, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives continue to investigate Leonard’s cause of death and an autopsy is underway.
Detectives found the body when Haney’s neighbor looked into the trash can months later
Michelle Haney (DOB: 11/8/72) has been arrested and charged with Abuse of a Dead Human Body in connection with a death investigation involving a body located in a dumpster in Bradenton yesterday (12/8) . Details: https://t.co/uXJVgqnNJp pic.twitter.com/CIRjV9BkQa
– Manatee Sheriff (@ManateeSheriff) December 9, 2020
The press release indicated that the sheriff’s office was alerted to the case when Haney’s neighbor at Windmill Manor Mobile Home Park in Bradenton, Florida, called to say they found something “suspicious” in the trash can he had been storing in his Name.
According to authorities, the neighbor “thought that the sealed trash can contained that person’s personal belongings and was waiting for them to come back for it. After about 2 months, the resident decided to open the container and quickly noticed a foul odor. ”
The press release indicated that there are “several leads”, but no further details are available. The sheriff’s office is urging anyone with information about the case to contact them at (941) 747-3011.
Haney confessed to detectives that he hid the body of his roommate to use his benefits
A subsequent news release issued by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office provided the identity of the victim, Leonard, who was 39 when he died in July. The sheriff’s office also said they arrested Haney, who was living with Leonard at the time of his death. According to authorities, Haney told detectives that he found her body in her mobile home in July.
“Instead of calling the Sheriff’s Office, she kept her body in a closet, and then 3 weeks later she put it in a trash can, sealed it, and took it to a neighbor’s residence,” the press release reads. . Haney told officers that her motive for doing so was to receive Social Security benefits from Leonard. It is not yet clear what fraud charges Haney could face for that crime.
Haney was arrested Dec. 9 and is being held in the Manatee County Jail on a $ 50,000 bond, public records show. He appeared in court for his bail hearing, ABC7 reported, where the court stated that Haney had a criminal past, but did not mention further details. In setting the amount of the bond at $ 50,000, Judge Frederick Mercurio said:
Based on the way in which the crime was committed and the deception that involves delivering the body in a garbage can and leaving it for a significant period at a neighbor’s house and the alleged theft to social security that was admitted by the defendant after Miranda , the court determines that a monetary bond is appropriate and will set that bond at $ 50,000.