The body of a man who had been sleeping rough in a derelict building in Whitby was found two years after he was thought to have died, an inquest has heard.
The severely decomposed remains of Janusz Galusza (51) of no fixed abode were discovered by shocked local workmen clearing out a boarded up property in the Broomfield Terrace on January 26 this year.
His body was wrapped up inside an old piece of carpet in one of the top rooms of the property, which had been ravaged by fire in 2007.
An inquest into his death last Thursday at Scarborough Town Hall heard the Polish national had worked for Whitby Crab Company based in Staithes for a year but had been laid off for three weeks as the business was quiet back in January 2011.
Director Julian Hansell said in a statement that Mr Galusza had been a “good worker who liked a good drink.”
He said the last time he saw him was when he returned from Poland with a new set of teeth before his break from work and he had not seem him since.
He added he had heard he had been sleeping in a tent on Whitby’s West Cliff.
A post mortem was carried out on Mr Galusza’s remains which found there was no possibility of establishing his cause of death.
Forensic pathologist Peter Cooper, who carried out the examination at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, said in a statement: “He had been dead for some considerable time by the time his body was discovered.
“He may well have been dead for a year or two.”
He added there was no evidence of injury.
The court heard Mr Galusza’s DNA had been taken by police for previous offences and this had helped police identify him.
On his person, officers found his wallet containing £25 in cash and a mobile phone.
After police had analysed his phone records, they found one of the last he made was to “Mama” on January 24 2011.
The last withdrawal of money he had made from his bank account was of £40 on January 27 and his wages of £300 from Whitby Crab Company, paid in to his bank account the folllowing month, were untouched.
Coroner Michael Oakley recorded an open verdict into the death of Mr Galusza.
He added there was no evidence of third party involvement in his death.