USPS Worker Ignores Body on Porch, Delivers Mail

Says he thought it was leftover Halloween decor

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 9, 2012 1:47 PM CST | Updated Nov 11, 2012 7:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Neither snow nor rain ... nor a lifeless body? A family in Denver is outraged after they say their mailman walked past a body to deliver the mail without stopping to help, reports ABC 7 News. Dale Porch was returning from a late-night shift last week when he collapsed on the stairs leading to his home. At some point, the family says, the mailman made a delivery, so he must have walked right past the body.

Porch's adult son discovered him and called 911, but medics were unable to resuscitate the 46-year-old. The body was still warm, the family says, and they want to know if Porch might have survived had the mailman done something. The USPS released a statement saying the mail carrier is a "conscientious and dedicated employee" who thought the body was a mannequin left over from Halloween.

A family in Denver has accused a mail carrier of stepping over a body to make a delivery.
A family in Denver has accused a mail carrier of stepping over a body to make a delivery.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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