Florida Man found with his deceased mother on the sofa:
On May 13, a deputy was dispatched to a residence in the 3900 block of Thornton Street to check on the welfare of 81-year-old Joyce Willis. Willis’ son, Michael Eugene Sticken, 60, had reportedly been rebuffing family members’ attempts to call or visit his mother since January.
When the deputy arrived at the residence he immediately noticed a foul odor. Upon entering the house, he found two couches pushed together with blankets piled on top. Under the blankets, the deputy found a female who was so badly decomposed as to be unrecognizable.
The Medical Examiner’s Office estimated that Willis’ had been dead for between one and four months at the time of her discovery. The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine her cause of death.
In an interview with deputies, Sticken said he had not been responsible for his mother’s death, calling her “his best friend,” the report said.
Stricken had been cashing his mother’s Social Security checks during this time.