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Local man admits his mother remains were under a Monticello porch

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 09:52:57-04

MONTICELLO, Fla. (WTXL)--David Patronis who was arrested this weekend admitted to officials that the deceased body found under a porch in Monticello last week was his mothers Marion Patronis. 

According Monticello Police Patronis says she died in September of 2012.

MPD also says Patronis admitted toreceiving his mothers Social Security payments from September to present that accumulated to $13,500.  

The body is believed to have been deceased for more than six months according to the Medical Examiners Office.

MPD is still waiting on the Medical Examiners Office to positively identify the body and cause of death.  

The investigation is still ongoing.


MONTICELLO, Fla. (WTXL)--Neighbors say they hadn't seen the elderly woman who lived in a Waukeenah Street home in years, but some say they never knew someone else even lived here.

It was a normal request for a welfare check from a relative, but police say the check led them to find a body underneath this home.

It's tragic incidents like this one is why Chief Fred Mosley with the Monticello police department stresses call them if you get suspicious of a missing family member.

"If you call and tell us you haven't spoke with your grandma in ten days we will respond to the residence and try to make contact with anybody who's living there," said Mosley.

He says they move immediately because they're never sure what they'll uncover.

"It goes a case by case basis, we will determine if there's somebody in the house," said Mosley.

Second, he says they start questioning neighbors and even more relatives.

In this case, police are searching for a man name David Patronis who they say had been living here with an elderly woman who hasn't been seen in years. Police believe he was living with his mother; however they haven't been able to identify the person who they found underneath the house. They say the body was decomposed and its now at the medical examiners office.

"Things happening in your own neighborhood you're not expecting things to go on like this," said Foster.

Bill Foster lives in the neighborhood and says this house always seemed suspicious.

"Almost like candlelight would be on in there, no other light would be on in the house," said Foster.

Foster says he's thankful police decided to go inside because it could've been even worse.

"Its unusual type of thing somebody living above somebody that's buried below their floor or something, you know it freaks you out," said Foster.

While Chief Mosley says they do need a search warrant or strong probable cause to enter the home he says each call is high priority so don't hesitate.

"All family and friends if you have someone where they are where their supposed to be," said Mosley.

Monticello police say they got a call on Wednesday asking them to do a welfare check on an elderly woman at a home on the 600 block of Waukeenah Street.