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Man found dead in his Virginia home had been deceased for years

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Police said the man whose body they found inside his Virginia home over the weekend had died years earlier, according to WTKR.

Officers made the grisly discover Saturday. Court documents say the homeowner was 68-year-old Charles Rafkind.

It started with a phone call when an unidentified neighbor told a WTKR that he got a call to do a welfare check on his next door neighbor on Thursday.

"The nephew called me. I told him I couldn't go on Friday because I was going out of town, but I can do it on Saturday," said the unidentified neighbor.

He said he checked the home around 9:30 a.m on Saturday and said an odor was coming from inside.

No one answered after several knocks, so the unidentified neighbor called police.

"I gave them the keys, they entered the house and found the gentleman," he said.

The Newport News Police Department said it found a man's body inside and that he had been dead for several years.

Neighbors who thought the man could've possibly been sent to a nursing home or moved away with his family told WTKR they were stunned to find out that he was inside his home the entire time.

"Summer has come and we didn't smell anything," a neighbor said.

The neighbor who did the welfare check and called police said the man's family is in California and he lived alone, taking care of himself.

He said the last time they saw each other was two years ago.

"He was very secluded. He didn't want to be bothered with a bunch of people," the neighbor said.

Police believe there was no foul play involving the man's death.