Navy veteran lay dead in his apartment's kitchen floor for 3 years before his body was discovered by police
Management at the DeSoto Town Center Complex alerted police after noticing that Ronald Wayne White had not been using his water supply before his body was found inside his apartment
Authorities have revealed how a Navy veteran's dead body lay on his kitchen floor for three whole years before his remains were eventually discovered.
Management at the DeSoto Town Center Complex alerted police after noticing that Ronald Wayne White had not been using his water supply before his body was found inside his apartment last week.
Speaking to WFAA on Thursday, November 21, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department said, "What I can tell you is it is very clear when officers entered [White's apartment] that he had been there for a while."
According to the report, White's rent was automatically disbursed to his landlord every month from his bank account. While investigators do not suspect foul play in his death, they believe he passed away back in 2016 at the age of 51.
This was after authorities recovered medications from his apartment dated to 2016. Furthermore, White had last contacted his mother the same year.
In a conversation with WFAA, his devastated mother Doris Stevens, who lives in New York state, revealed she used to speak to her son at least twice a month before he stopped calling.
"He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas," she explained. According to her, she had asked multiple police departments to keep track of her son.
However, authorities could not pursue a missing person case considering White would frequently travel for work. Officers may have called to a house previously rented by White, according to the outlet, but found nothing to tie him to the residence.
Stevens also revealed she did not have enough money for a private investigator who could help track her son's whereabouts. "All these days, holidays, I just suffered. Because nobody wanted to help find him," the embattled mother shared.
White reportedly has adult children from a previous marriage who said they were unaware of his DeSoto residence. He had divorced from his wife almost two decades ago.
During the investigation, police also discovered White's pick up truck in the garage. It was covered in dust. Authorities are now attempting to see whether a cause of death can be determined using forensic tests.