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Body in house for more than two weeks

DISCOVERY: A man had been dead in this Luton St house in Telina for some time before police found his body.
DISCOVERY: A man had been dead in this Luton St house in Telina for some time before police found his body. Paul Braven

POLICE will have to use dental records to identify a man who has been dead inside a Telina home for more than two weeks.

They were called to a welfare check on Thursday afternoon after a neighbour reported a bad smell coming from the house.

The body is thought to have been in the house for at least 15 days, although a Gladstone Police officer said it was difficult to know exactly how long the man had been dead.

"In this weather it's hard to know but it would be an excess of two weeks," the police officer said.

"We are still unsure if it was the occupant or not."

A neighbour of the Luton St home said she last saw the man sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

"We got some (plant) pots off him just after Christmas," the neighbour said. "He used to mow our lawns for $50."

The neighbour said the man had lived with his father until May last year.

"The place was like this all the time since then."

Police said the death was not considered to be suspicious.

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