A South Carolina woman was shocked this weekend when she discovered she had an uninvited guest living in her attic. Her ex-boyfriend of over 12 years ago had found himself a new home above her bedroom after being released from jail two weeks ago.
The woman, who is going by the name Tracy, had become suspicious of something in her Rock Hill, S.C. attic after hearing banging. According to the Daily Mail, Tracy sent her older sons and nephew into the attic to try to figure out the cause of the banging. Upon entering the attic, the boys discovered that a man had been sleeping in the heating unit.
"They found a man," she explained to local news channel 36. "He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit."
Before police could arrive the attic intruder ran out of the house, but not before Tracy was able to identify him as her 44-year-old ex-boyfriend of 12 years ago.
According to the HeraldOnline, Tracy had been receiving letters from her ex-boyfriend, asking for a reunion. The man, who wrote to her from jail, had a history of drug use and theft, something that had ended their one year romance 12 years ago.
Tracy explained that the last time she had saw her ex-boyfriend was a year ago when he helped install new doors on her home after a devastating fire.
The mom of five told the HeraldOnline that on Saturday night she felt that "something just ain't right. " Hearing strange noises and watching nails and insulation fall from the ceiling, Tracy initially thought that she had an animal or ghost haunting her attic. Calling her nephew to come over on Sunday, the boys went into the attic to discover a man sleeping inside a heating unit amidst old photo albums, toys and boxes.
After having his secret living arrangements uncovered, the man reportedly climbed out of the attic and left with a smile.
After the intruder left, Tracy's nephew observed that the man had been doing more than just sleeping in the home. The 44-year-old had been watching Tracy through an an air vent in the ceiling that looked into Tracy's room. When police arrived they also discovered a number of Sonic cups that contained feces and urine.
"I want him to be charged with it," Tracy told the HeraldOnline. It could be somebody else he does the same thing to, but she might not be so lucky."
The man is not yet in police custody.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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