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Human skeleton found sitting on couch in deserted house in Bandung

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Fri, January 17, 2020   /   09:31 am
Human skeleton found sitting on couch in deserted house in Bandung A police officer marks a human skeleton found in an empty house in Bandung on Jan. 14. (Courtesy of Bandung Police/-)

A human skeleton was found in a sitting position on a couch at a two-story house in Sayati village, Bandung regency. The only thing left on its body was a light blue raincoat.

The two-story house has been deserted for six years since it was bought by Johan Rismana in 2014. The house has never been used or renovated by Johan since he bought it.

Margahayu Police head Comr. Agus Wahi said it would be hard to solve the case because they had very little information about the discovery.

“There is a lack of witness statements, no one has information about the skeleton,” Agus told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The skeleton was found by Suherman, Johan’s helper, who was asked by Johan to check on the house on Tuesday.

“He found the skeleton when he was checking on the condition of the house. He was asked by the owner to see what must be fixed,” Agus said.

Suherman visited the house on Tuesday and was quite surprised when he entered the front yard because he saw someone had cut the grass in the house’s front yard and planted cassava there.

The windows were broken and the door at the side of the house was open.

“He went in and saw the skeleton,” Agus said.

Agus said the last time Suherman visited the house was in May to clean the front yard but he did not enter the house. He entered the house for the first time on Tuesday.

“He never entered the house before that,” Agus said.

The fingers and shin bones were detached from the rest of the skeleton. The police sent all parts to Sartika Asih Hospital for autopsy.

"We do not know the skeleton's gender, or the cause of the death. We will get the results of the autopsy in a week to 10 days,” Agus said.