While on a recent road trip with Zenning with Zay we spotted a house that we thought just may be abandoned. Unfortunately due to snow squalls the sunlight disappeared early & we are not fans of shooting houses in the dark. Not because we are scared but rather the picture quality often is poor. We saved the location for a future explore. We recently decided to revisit that area & see if any of our spots would pan out. The house was literally in the middle of nowhere & as we approached our hopes were high but our guard was up as it seemed to have had some recent activity. We pushed on & built up the nerve to look in a window. While looking in we could see a mess & Zay spotted a squirrel darting about which relieved us. The house looked like any old house however it was very difficult to determine if it was truly abandoned but the squirrel gave it away. What we didn't know at the times was this would be the saddest abandoned time capsule house we ever explored.
As I followed Zay through the front door we took a few steps to a hallway where Zay looked left & froze. Although I cannot recalling exactly what she said, Zay motioned to the floor in the hallway. I turned to see what she had spotted & despite knowing exactly what it was, my mind seemed to to be telling me otherwise. There before us was something I have never actually thought I would see & second to only one thing I would never actually want to find. What we saw was the very clear stain from a decomposing body.
We stood there in disbelief for several moments before heading into the basement to collect our thoughts. To some this may seem weird but to us we just needed to get away from it & figure out what we were dealing with. While in the basement we talked about it, expressed our feelings & Zay eventually broke down to which I held her close & said we could leave immediately if that is what she wanted. We talked further & decided despite the fact we had found something so sad, we needed to tell the story. The story isn't about finding what we found but the story of how elderly & alone people can often be forgotten & that we, us, everyone needs to do their part & check in on them. Time capsule house are always sad but nothing before had affected us the way this did making this truly Saddest abandoned time capsule.
We cleared our heads & decided to shoot the house. I suggested that Zay start in the basement, an area she rarely ever explores, alone, to help her decide whether or not she actually wanted to stay & I went upstairs. Starting at a far end of the house in the dining room far away from the body stain. It was difficult to focus as I kept thinking about the stain.
Moving on with the explore I went into the family room which was very dated. One thing I noticed was the film & staining for decades of cigarette smoking in the house. I noticed that a large area of the room was seemingly unused & a recliner close to the television was where she had spent most of her time.
The kitchen was a mess with items strewn about likely from the squirrels that are now inhabiting it. There was also signs of the old gal being unable to do a proper cleaning. Based on what little information I could find, I put here age to be in her 90's & not in good health judging by the numerous prescriptions found throughout. My thoughts are she was a strong & independent woman & despite there being programs out there, she refused most if not all assistance not wanting to admit she was old.
I finally built up the nerve to cross the body stain & explore the rest of the upper floor. The first room being her bedroom right by where she had passed. The room was full of clothing pilled on the bed & across the floor. There were many bright outfits, hats & even feather boa's which told the tale of a spunky lady in her day! A door in the back of the bedroom led to a huge closet jammed with clothing & then on to a library that too was jammed packed with books. It was quite overwhelming to say the least even without the reminder of where she had passed.
The rest of the upper floor included a spare bedroom that seemed to have been untouched for a long time until someone came in & started going through things. Beyond that was yet another bedroom which had a gun case, gun rack & several lock boxes, all of which were empty. The scary thing is, someone had kicked in the door of this house to rob it & stole all the firearms which included rifles & handguns & these are now on our streets. The last bedroom was actually her sewing room which had mountains of yarn from wall to wall. It seemed as though she had a hoarding problem as there was so much of everything throughout.
After finishing the upper floor, I made my way into the basement which was absolutely amazing! It was certainly a place to entertain & I bet there were some amazing parties held down there back in the day. It was difficult to get excited down there as I still had a sickening feeling about what was upstairs. I must say the bar was so cool but suspect that nobody had been down there is a very long time. With mobility an issues, climbing the stairs would be next to impossible.
As the explore was winding down I help but wonder what had happened here. Despite having the family name & hers I was able to find virtually nothing about them online which was quite odd. There wasn't even an obituary for her or her husband & based on what I saw, she had passed away only a few short years ago. My guess is that based on her age, most if not all friends had passed away & none of her family, if still alive, were in the area. As mentioned before, we decided to share this explore & our experience here as a simple but firm reminder that we all must do our part & check in on those who are alone as this is a fate I would hate for anyone to meet. This truly was the saddest abandoned time capsule. We all have our suspicions as to what could have happened, but this time it was more than clear.