A man allegedly killed his father and then used candles and air fresheners to try to mask the smell of his dad’s decomposing corpse as it rotted on a couch.
Tyler Swantek, 24, was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and other charges, according to a police press release. The body of Todd Swantek, 49, was found in their Pennsylvania home in May after police were called to check on his welfare. He hadn't been seen since March.
When police arrived, they found the father’s rotting corpse covered in blankets and pillows on the couch. According to a police affidavit, scented candles, air fresheners, fly strips and blankets at the base of exterior doors were used to mask the smell.
District Attorney Christine Holman told CBS News that the body was found “maybe a month” after Tyler Swantek allegedly shot and killed father.
According to People, fights between the father and son had escalated before the death. Sources claim that Tyler Swantek had told others he would kill his father. A gun with blood splatter on the stock and barrel, was found in his bedroom. According to WNEP, a rifle was used.
PA Homepage Eyewitness News reported that neighbors of the Swantek household can still smell the remnants of the corpse on hot days. However, the home is still an active crime scene, so police cannot fully clean it.