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A group of South Carolina four-wheelers visited a house they deemed haunted over the weekend, only to discover a decomposing body inside the home’s freezer.
Eight people were out riding four-wheelers near an abandoned home in Norway on Sunday when they decided to go inside, local outlet WSOC-TV reports. While the outlet describes them as adults, others have described them as a group of teens. The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has not responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
While exploring the home, the group discovered a deep freezer on the back porch. An 18-year-old present at the scene decided to open up the freezer, only to make a grim discovery. He recalled to local outlet WACH that he got a whiff of what smelled like rotten meat. He also thought he saw a dead body in blue jeans and socks.
The group halted their exploration and called local deputies instead. Investigators confirmed a dead body was, in fact, in the freezer. An identity and cause of death haven’t been released. An autopsy is pending.
Just two days after the grim find, the house burned down, WSOC-TV reports. The blaze is being considered suspicious. The home is a total loss, local outlet WLTX-TV reports.
"It was very scary," Madison Childers, one of the individuals who discovered the body, told WACH. "You couldn't tell it was a person, because... I think it had been in there for months."
Childers added, "there were maggots everywhere.”
It’s likely a sight, and smell, that the group will struggle to forget.
"I didn't know what to do, I was speechless," Riley Robinson, who was also at the house, told WASH. "I heard that once you smell a human you can't ever forget it. And I can still smell it right now."
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