The body of a man found in his Bury St Edmunds home had to be identified using dental records, an inquest has been told.
Police were called to a house in The Vinefields on August 9 by a council worker who was flagged down by neighbours worried about the presence of large numbers of flies inside the window of the property.
The inquest on Monday at the Active Business Centre, in Bury, heard how the badly decomposed remains of Anthony Orange, 53, were found on a sofa. He had not been seen by neighbours for at least two weeks.
Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said Mr Orange was identified using dental records. Because of the condition of the body, a post mortem examination was unable to ascertain the cause of death.
A letter from Mr Orange’s GP revealed that he had suffered from alcohol related problems since 1980 and had drunk heavily.
Dr Sharpstone said that in the absence of any indication of what had caused the death of Mr Orange, he had to record an open conclusion.