The shocking discovery of David Carter’s remains came in January after his West Allis house was handed over to the city because of unpaid property taxes, according to the Journal Sentinel newspaper.
The 41-year-old’s “nearly skeletonized body” was found on the second floor, according to the medical examiner’s report. “A Smith & Wesson 9-mm. handgun was found lying on the decedent’s chest,” and an autopsy concluded he died from a gunshot wound to the head.
It is unclear exactly when Carter died, but it was likely in late 2007, which according to the Journal Sentinel is when he quit his job and told friends he was moving to New Mexico.
Carter may have been despondent at the time over a breakup with a girlfriend, according to CBS 58 News. The two had a daughter together, whom he hadn’t seen since 2006.
“I knew he was alone and I wanted to talk to him,” Theresa Bornheimer, an old friend of Carter’s, told the local news station. “But I couldn’t because of the fact that I never saw him at home.”
Described as a generous man by friends and relatives, Carter had taken care of his mother for years before her death from cancer in 1997. He had no siblings, and never knew his father, the Journal Sentinel reported.