New York – A man who lived in solitary has been found dead on his property in a hut with no heat or running water, though he had three million dollars in the bank, local media reported.
George Konnight, 79, was found dead in the forest on his family’s rural property in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, 30 km north of New York City.
He lived a solitary, hermit-like existence, the Journal News in White Plains, New York, reported.
Konnight’s had sold 13 hectares of his 80-hectare family property a few years ago, reaping some three million dollars to pay a 130,000-dollar tax bill.
Local police, Lt. Mark Emma told the newspaper that Konnight’s attorney and another man had checked on the recluse now and then, after both of Konnight’s sisters had died.
“He’d wander through the paths and woods,’’ Emma said. “It looks like he cut his own firewood. He had one light. The house was in disarray.
“People could have thought the house may have been abandoned.’’
Thomas O’Connell, Konnight’s lawyer, said that his client and the two sisters had lived “off the grid’’ on the property and had never held jobs, selling off parts of the property when they needed money.
“They wanted to stay where they were because they enjoyed their bucolic lifestyle, being isolated and surrounded by trees with deer running through the yard,’’ O’Connell told The Journal News.
“Their only overhead was taxes. They didn’t want to get involved with the government. They just couldn’t keep up with the taxes.’’
O’Connell said Konnight had never been to a dentist and had not had a telephone until recently, when O’Connell persuaded him to get a mobile phone. (dpa/NAN)