Woman finds skeleton of her missing brother while cleaning her house

The skeleton of a man who went missing five years ago has been found by his sister while she was cleaning the house they shared together.

Sumio Suenaga was 66 when he disappeared from his home in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, back in 2015.

He had shared the house in the town of Kasugai with his younger brother and sister, but the two siblings didn't report him missing until the following year.

Last weekend, Sumio's younger sister, now 69, finally decided she'd like to use her older brother's room, but realised she would have to clean it up first.

But when she went in, she was greeted with a truly gruesome sight.

In the untouched room, she found an unclothed skeletonised body.

Japanese news website Sora News 24 reports the woman called police, telling them: "I found something that I think are human bones."

When officers arrived, they confirmed the corpse was indeed human.

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The body appeared to have been dead for several years.

Although they haven't yet been able to determine the body's age or sex, investigators believe there is a strong probability it is that of Sumio.

The cause of death is unknown at this stage.

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Video shows the house was not particularly large, making the likelihood the two siblings lived alongside their brother's rotting corpse for five years all the more bizarre.

Even stranger, when Sumio's siblings first told police he was missing, they reportedly said: "He hasn't come home in over a year."

This would imply they had seen him leaving the house, or at least knew he had left.

But given their ages, it is possible all three were retired and kept irregular schedules, and the younger brother and sister simply assumed if they hadn't seen Sumio around the house, he must have gone out.

Reports say the body was found on the afternoon of August 15 at around 4.45pm.

The investigation into the strange case is continuing.

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