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Groundskeeper mowed around dead man’s body thinking it was Halloween prop, family claims

A groundskeeper mowed around a dead man’s body next to an abandoned house thinking he was a Halloween prop, according to the victim’s loved ones.

Robert Owens, 34, was reportedly last seen by family on Oct. 8, two days before authorities found him face down and half naked in the yard next to a China Grove, North Carolina, house that has apparently been empty for a long time, Queen City News first reported.

Owens’ family called his death “suspicious” in a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses, saying his passing has left “his family with many questions that will hopefully be answered soon and justice served to all individuals involved.”

“He was stripped of his clothes and belongings, leaving him in his underwear and socks for over 24 hours face down in the yard next to a house,” Haley Reavis wrote on the GoFundMe page description. “He was found once on [Oct. 9] by a lawn care employee that assumed he was Halloween decorations or a mannequin for K9 training and was never reported to authorities.”

On Oct. 10, a day after the groundskeeper mowed the property’s lawn, a construction foreman apparently saw Owens’ body and reported it to authorities.

“We have evidence that has been handed over to the detective. If you’re reading this and you were involved just now you will get what you deserve very soon,” Reavis wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the China Grove Police Department or email Detective C. Frantz at cfrantz@chinagrovenc.gov.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated that Owens’ body was located two days after he last contacted family on Oct. 10, rather than a week later.

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to audrey.conklin@fox.com or on Twitter at @audpants.

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