A South Carolina mother of five found her boyfriend from a dozen years ago secretly living in a heating duct in her attic. The woman, identified only as Tracy, discovered her old beau in the duct of her Rock Hill home on Saturday night after she heard animal-like noises in the ceiling above her bedroom.
After putting her children to bed, Tracy heard a thump, "then all the nails just popped out of the ceiling over my bed. Like 'bing, bing, bing," she said. Rock Hill is near the border of the Carolinas, about 25 minutes south of Charlotte. Tracy, a nurse, sent her nephew up to check out the sounds. He found the 44-year-old curled up inside a heating duct.
"He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit," Tracy said. The man bolted before police arrived. The family guess he had been living there for several weeks. He left several plastic cups of faeces and urine behind, they said. He had also tinkered with an air vent in order to spy on the woman's bedroom, the family said.
Tracy said the man had been in and out of jail since they broke up 12 years ago, and that he hung around local drug dens. She last saw him about a year ago, when he helped her put some new doors on her house after a fire. The entrance to the attic is near her childrens' bedrooms, and her five kids were so rattled they were now sleeping in the living room. “I want him to be charged with it,” she said. “It could be somebody else he does the same thing to, but she might not be so lucky.”