A Pennsylvania woman discovered the mummified remains of her grandson in their attic two years after the young man vanished, according to reports.
DyQuain Rogers, 21, was last seen alive on November 1, 2014, when he left his and his grandmother's Erie County home with nothing but his backpack after receiving a phone call, his grandmother Zanobia Richmond, 66, told police at the time, the Erie Times-News reported.
He left behind his new cellphone, his wallet and his keys, his grandmother said at the time.
Police investigated Rogers’ disappearance, searching inside and outside the home, but it was not immediately clear if the attic had been checked, officials said Thursday.
Rogers’ whereabouts remained a mystery until Tuesday, when Richmond reportedly made the gruesome find after investigating a "thump" she heard from the top floor of her home.
The coroner’s office told reporters that the attic was not vented and lacked airflow, optimal conditions for mummification.
Authorities believe Rogers killed himself not long after he was reported missing, but that he had returned to the home after police had conducted their search, as the clothes on the body differed from what his grandmother last saw him wearing.
Rogers, who was known to come and go from the home, graduated Central Career and Technical School in Erie in 2012. He volunteered at a local fire department and worked as an assistant manager at a pizza shop.
“I’ve been having the worst luck lately,” he wrote in a Facebook post on October 31, 2014.
But relatives said Rogers did not seem suicidal, saying he had wanted to join the Navy or work as an emergency medical technician.
“If you are going to throw your life away, why are you going to do all these things?" Rogers' aunt, Erica Jeffries-Jordan, who helped organize efforts to find her nephew, told the Times-News. “I have to accept it now because that is what they said. I really don't want to accept it."