Police in Minnesota are wondering whether a man loaded his mother’s dead body into a taxi and then pretended she was alive while he withdrew money in her name at a bank.
Police arrested David Vanzo recently for elderly neglect after finding his 90-year-old mother dead in a home they both lived in.
Police said they were overwhelmed by the stench of urine and feces in the home, and found the woman dead in bed, wearing a robe and fur coat. Her boots were covered in feces.
He took out $850 in her name. But bank employees said Caryl’s feet were dragging under her wheelchair. A search warrant citing those employees says she “did not move” and employees “couldn’t tell if she was breathing.”
A neighbor who saw them leave in the taxi also wonders if she was dead.
“I don’t know if she was unconscious, or not alive,” the neighbor says.
Authorities investigated David for financial exploitation on at least two occasions. There was a reverse mortgage his mother couldn’t explain to the tune of $118,000, cash withdrawals of $47,500, and another for $25,600.
“My mother and I had an agreement,” he tells Fox 9. “I took care of my mom for years, I’m the good guy here, not the bad guy.”
Caryl Vanzo died two weeks ago, just days before she turned 91.
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