Lake Orion man, 47, died in home of natural causes, police say

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Lake Orion — A man whose body was found in his home by a code enforcement officer in May died of natural causes, police said Thursday.

The officer also rescued an elderly woman who was found unconscious in the home, located in the 200 block of Shadbolt near East Flint and North Broadway in Lake Orion, according to authorities.

Officials said an autopsy conducted by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office determined Aaron Lee Aliff, 47, died from a pre-existing medical condition.

The woman, who is Aliff's mother and was identified as Sharon Kay Aliff, 73, has recovered and is residing in an assisted living center, authorities said.

"Consistent with her medical condition, Sharon does not have any recollection of the events leading up to and including May 28," police said in a statement. 

A code enforcement officer went to the home on May 28 to investigate complaints about tall grass and excessive weeds. He looked through a window of the home and saw a man who was possibly deceased inside, according to officials.

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The officer called police at 1:41 p.m.

Police said officers discovered an unconscious woman lying on the floor near the home's front door. They also found a deceased man and a deceased dog. The man's body was near a door at the rear of the home and the dog's body was on the kitchen floor.

Investigators determined all of the home's exterior doors and windows were locked and secured and found no signs of foul play. Tests later ruled out high levels of carbon monoxide, officials said.

Detectives said the home had several months of mail in its mailbox and the interior of the house was in an extreme state of neglect.

Officials said it appears Aaron Aliff died several days before the code officer came to the home. His mother, who has a medical condition that restricts her mobility, went looking for him and suffered some sort of medical event when she found his body.

A necropsy on the dog revealed the animal died of natural causes with dehydration as a possible factor, police said. They also said the exam revealed the dog may have died several days before Aliff. 

Police said investigators have concluded their investigation into Aliff's death.

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