Navy veteran ‘lay dead in flat for three years’

A Navy veteran found dead in his flat lay undiscovered for up to three years, US authorities have said.

The body of 51-year-old Ronald Wayne White was found on the kitchen floor of his apartment in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto by maintenance staff.

The divorced defence contractor, who travelled abroad for work, had his rent taken automatically from his bank account, into which his military pension was paid.

His concerned mother Doris Stevens said she had previously contacted police after failing to hear from her son, but was told it could not be treated as a missing person’s case because of his age.

Ms Stevens, who lives in New York, told the WFAA TV station: “All them days, holidays, I just suffered because nobody wanted to help find him.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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