From the moment Tyrone Timms pulled up outside his father’s Arizona home on Veterans Day 2019, he knew something was wrong. John Gause, a Vietnam War veteran, hadn’t picked up the phone. The blinds were drawn. Mailers littered the porch. When Timms cracked the door, the scent was overpowering. A body was lying in the hallway—his father’s, now unrecognizable due to decomposition.

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