CARBONVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Carbon County Sheriff's investigators say a Carbonville man shot and killed his brother, then hid his body for a week inside his home.
According to investigators, 54-year-old Kurt Alan Morris' neighbors called authorities when they noticed a running vehicle next to his mobile home with a hose attached to the tailpipe that ran into the home.
"When the deputy arrived no one answered so he went inside and found a male subject on the floor in the bedroom where the hose was running into," says Tom Sefanoff, deputy sheriff of Carbon County.
But Morris was still alive. And then he told the deputy about his dead brother.
"He was dead from a gunshot wound," says Stefanoff.
Authorities believe 50-year old Jack Morris had been dead for more than a week. The deputy found him in a seperate room. Stefanoff says the entrance to the room was covered in plastic and duct tape.
"The deceased had been dead for over a week," he says. "My guess is it would be for the smell of the decaying body."
Few in the Carbonville mobile home park knew that anyone lived in the trailer at the end.
"I didn't even know anyone lived there," says Darrel Duncan. "I thought somebody just was parking there."
Another neighbor who lived across the street says she saw someone Monday afternoon swatting flies from the mobile home. And after she was told of what had happened she was stunned.
"It's kind of creepy but it does suprise me," says Brenda Conner. "I wouldn't expect something like that."
A neighbor who knew both brothers says Kurt Morris was quite sick.
"I helped my friend take care of him because he had a feeding tube and he never caused any problems here," says Gina Hayward.
But Morris' landlord told ABC 4 News that Kurt Morris who was known as Mike had cancer. But he didn't know why Morris would attempt suicide a week after he allegedly killed his brother.
Sheriff's office officials told ABC 4 News that Kurt Morris was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was then arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.