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Horrific Discovery at City Bed and Breakfast
Shocking Discovery of Preserved Bodies Unveiled
Article from the Bath Chronicle, 21st June 2013:
Tragedy struck the peaceful neighbourhood of Belmont in central Bath yesterday, as an elderly woman was discovered lifeless in her bed and breakfast establishment. The police investigation has taken an unimaginable turn, revealing the shocking presence of the preserved bodies of four men reported missing decades ago. The authorities are now diligently working to unravel the mysteries surrounding this grim discovery.
The deceased woman, identified as Mrs. Evelyn Thompson, 86, was found in her bed early yesterday morning by a concerned guest who had failed to receive breakfast.
Mrs. Thompson, a long-time resident of Belmont, had been running the bed and breakfast for several years and was well-regarded within the community.
What initially appeared to be a tragic incident took an even darker turn as the police inspected the property.
While searching the premises, officers made the horrifying discovery of four preserved bodies, each belonging to a young man reported missing between 1976 and 1983, in various rooms throughout the property. It is understood that each body was discovered propped up in bed, dressed in pyjamas.
The identities of the deceased have yet to be officially disclosed but it is believed that all four men were traveling salesmen in their mid to late twenties at the time of their disappearance. The authorities are currently in the process of notifying their families, who have endured decades of uncertainty and unanswered questions.
Preliminary investigations into the preserved bodies suggest that taxidermy was used to preserve them. The process, typically associated with the preservation of animals, involves treating the bodies with chemicals to maintain their lifelike appearance. The condition of the bodies, despite the passage of time, has stunned both Police and forensic experts.
In a surprising twist, Mrs. Thompson's past as a military nurse during the 1950s, serving in the Korean War, has come to light. While there is no apparent connection between her military service and the preserved bodies, the police are considering all possible leads and are looking into her background for any relevant information.
Detective Inspector Sarah Patterson, leading the investigation, stated, "This is an extremely complex and unusual case. We are meticulously examining every detail to determine the cause of Mrs. Thompson's death and the circumstances surrounding the preserved bodies. Our priority is to provide closure to the families of the deceased, who have endured decades of uncertainty and heartache."
The police have cordoned off the bed and breakfast, transforming it into a forensic investigation site. Residents in the quiet neighborhood of Belmont remain in shock as the news of the macabre discovery spreads throughout the community. Many are struggling to come to terms with the unimaginable events that have unfolded right in their midst.
As the investigation proceeds, the police are urging anyone with information related to the case or who may have stayed at Mrs. Thompson's bed and breakfast during the 1970s and 1980s to come forward and assist with the inquiry. The Bath Chronicle will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available in this disturbing and tragic incident that has shaken the tranquility of Belmont and the wider Bath community.