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Neighbors speak out about body found in Milton home
MILTON -- A woman was found dead inside her east Milton home Friday night, her body discovered by a neighbor. Deputies were dispatched to the 5,000 block of Admiral Halsey Road where they found an elderly woman had been living with her daughter's body in plain sight.
Deputies found Gail Gillis, 55, dead in the hallway. Her mother lived with her and told a neighbor she thought her daughter was sleeping, not realizing she was dead.
Robert Stroup did not want his face on camera.
He describes Barbara Gillis as eccentric and paranoid. The outside of her house covered with dozens of "No trespassing signs and barbed wire.
"I think she had some mental issues that require medication. She was good when she took it and needed help when she didnt."
Stroup would fix things for Barbara and her daughter Gail. But he noticed he hadn't seen much of them for the past two weeks. Friday night-- Barbara came over asking Stroup to change her light bulb.
But when Stroup walked up to her porch, he knew something was wrong.
"There was a horrendous odor that came out overwhelming."
Feeling nauseated, Stroup left the house, but came back a few minutes later and walked inside.
He was shocked with what he saw...
"I looked down the hallway and that's when I saw the daughter.... she was gone."
He says the body was black and swollen. He believes she must have been dead for a while.
Stroup called 9-1-1 and waited for deputies to arrive, all the while trying to explain to Barbara what happened. Barbara told Stroup she thought her daughter was sleeping, and even tried to feed her.
"She's in a state of denial... For a lot of things."
Another neighbor Kirk Sanborn told us Gail was sick, but devoted her time to taking care of her mother.
"I think she was bound to take care of her mom... Was probably forfeited for the sake of the care of her mother."
The news still heart breaking for Sanborn. He believes neighbors should look out for each other.
"Only by getting and watching for your neighbors... For everyone."
Deputies do not suspect foul play because there were no obvious signs of trauma. They won't know the cause of death until they receive the autopsy report.