Illinois woman who uncovered useless husband in closet describes ‘total shock’


An Illinois girl whose partner went lacking for far more than 7 months described her “overall shock” at getting his corpse in her dwelling. 

Jennifer Maedge, whose spouse Richard disappeared in April last year, created the grisly discovery on Dec. 11, as she was seeking for Christmas decorations. In an job interview with Individuals Journal, she recounted how she uncovered Richard’s mummified continues to be inside a closet-in just-a-closet in their two-story dwelling in Troy, Illinois.

“It was very surprising,” Maedge advised the journal. She reported that Richard, a 53-12 months-outdated grandfather of a few with 3 adult small children from a former relationship, experienced died by suicide. 

The Madison County coroner reported there were being no symptoms of foul enjoy. 


Jennifer Maedge documented Richard lacking on April 27 just after she didn’t hear from him. (FOX 2 St. Louis)

Maedge defined that Richard, her partner of 20 yrs, had suffered from mental overall health concerns and received cure ahead of. 

“He told me that he understood the breaking place, and he would get aid. So, this would be the most farfetched of everything, that he would essentially go by with this,” Maedge said.

“He never ever verbalized something [like] he would acquire his lifestyle to me,” she included.

According to Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn’s autopsy report, Richard fully commited suicide in April. Ahead of he died, he termed Jennifer and informed her he was coming house early from do the job.

Jennifer uncovered that Richard’s motor vehicle was parked exterior their house but could not obtain him. She noted him missing a day later on April 27.

Police carried out various lookups of the Maedge’s home but ended up unable to track down Richard.

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Troy resident Richard Maedge told his wife he was coming home early from work before he died.

Troy resident Richard Maedge informed his wife he was coming residence early from get the job done in advance of he died. (FOX 2 St. Louis)

Area information station FOX 2 St. Louis documented that main deputy coroner Kelly Rogers described the residence as a “hoarder dwelling” and stated it smelled sewer-like. 

“‘Hoarder’ is a powerful phrase,” Jennifer explained to People today, “but he was extra — I would think about, far more of a pack rat.”

She admitted that her husband, a upkeep worker for an company that operates households for persons with disabilities, “didn’t want to get rid of anything.” 

As Jennifer and her household users waited for any indicator of Richard, the foul odor in her house persisted. A plumber referred to as to look into detected an “ammonia” smell, but was not able to recognize its supply, she stated. 

“The scent did not get up the complete whole house, it was really, pretty confusing and anything, mainly because there is not a basement or everything, it is really extra of a crawl room and a cellar,” Jennifer stated. “Additionally, I have four pet dogs and a cat roaming about, so you get lots of different smells. And then also, my sinuses had been bothering me at the time, also. So, you happen to be trying to figure matters out and you happen to be acquiring perplexed at in which it can be [coming from].”

According to the coroner, mummified bodies do not generally have a strong odor, so the moment Richard’s corpse experienced stopped decomposing it would’ve been extra challenging to obtain. 


Troy, Illinois authorities searched the house multiple times but could not find a trace of Richard.

Troy, Illinois authorities searched the dwelling many situations but could not discover a trace of Richard. (FOX 2 St. Louis)

It wasn’t right up until Jennifer went seeking for Christmas decorations that she identified Richard’s physique in a storage spot that originally been accessible by hallway door. She informed Men and women that the house was sealed off after the couple transformed their home and could only be accessed via a concealed door in a larger outer closet.

“Just to go in there, I experienced to get rid of a portion of my dresses out of the closet with out climbing close to all the things that was in there,” she reported. “And then, I had a flashlight, so essentially opening the door and observing him there was just complete shock.”

Though law enforcement conducted at the very least a few lookups of the house, Jennifer in no way thought to tell them about the interior closet.

“I did not at any time truly consider of it, for the reason that I hardly ever considered that he was there,” she claimed. 

“It never ever occurred to me that he would’ve taken his personal existence,” she extra.

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Jennifer stated that Richard had been diagnosed for depression in advance of and experienced been approved medicine, but he was not using any at the time of his demise.

“I was hoping to maintain an optimistic variety of outlook just in circumstance he occurred to be alive,” she said. “I imply, I constantly understood that there was a favourable and a negative of currently being alive and becoming dead all over the whole overall matter. But if he occurred to be alive and I assumed he was lifeless, I would’ve felt seriously guilty.”

She remembers her husband as a quirky but compassionate person, “a really caring particular person, really considerate.” 

“I know he wouldn’t want me to dwell in his loss or his passing or something,” she mentioned, “so I just have to test to determine out how to transfer on.”

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.