HONESDALE — A body discovered last Friday in the borough has been identified.
Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell states Patricia Regina Richey, 80, of Honesdale was found in a bed on the third floor of the Harvest Inn in Honesdale.
The report states the primary cause of death is undetermined due to severe decomposition and the cause of death has been ruled undetermined.
According to Trooper Mark Keyes, Patricia Richey was discovered in bed by the facility landlord who was entering to inspect the air conditioning unit.
A search warrant filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Sharon Palmer was filed for the Harvest Inn Bed and Breakfast, 1415 Main Street on Friday.
According to the warrant, state police responded to the above location at 9:08 a.m for the report of human remains “...located in the third floor room of the building.”
Patricia and her daughter, Moira Richey, 51, were living on the second floor in one room “...since around February 2013...”
The owners of the establishment asked the Richeys to move to the third floor in or around June or July 2016, where they had “...almost exclusive use...” of that space.
The warrant states that for this reason, the owners could go weeks without going on to that floor.
The warrant states in late October or early November 2016, the owner wanted to remove an air conditioning unit.
Moira told the owner she “...did not want him going in until she could clean up the place.”
When the air conditioner was finally removed, that is the last time Patricia was seen.
The warrant states in February or March 2017, Moira requested to move into a different room on the third floor due to respiratory issues.
When asked by the owner how Patricia was doing, Moira stated she “...was doing good,” court papers show.
When she was advised maintenance needed to be done on the apartment, Moira “...put him off saying that it wasn't a good time, using various excuses.”
The warrant states on one occasion, Moira “...stood in front of the door and refused entry” to the owner.
On June 22, the owners informed Moira they were going into the apartment to install the air conditioner “...or they were calling the police.”
On June 23, Moira told the landlord “...she was getting ready to take her mother to a doctor's appointment at 8 a.m. and when they left, the air conditioner could be installed.”
Court papers show Moira came downstairs at 8 a.m., and told the landlord “...there was something wrong with her mother.”
When asked if Patricia was “...sick or dead...” Moira stated that “...she didn't know, but she wasn't breathing.”
Upon arriving upstairs, the landlord “...saw a bed spread covering a body,” court papers show.
When asked why Patricia was covered up including her head and face, Moira stated, “...that she really didn't want to see her mother.”
The owner said Patricia must be deceased, and then called the police.
The owner told police there has been “...a foul odor over the last three to four weeks,” and that “a strong smell of Febreze...” had permeated the building.
The warrant states police are investigating the possible abuse of a corpse.