I'm always reminded of this story around Halloween! This scary story about a Silver Spring house comes from a former Real Estate Office Manager of mine. One of her agents had written an offer on a Large Colonial Home on Highland Drive in Woodside Park.
The listing agent and the title attorney were working frantically to iron out some title issues with this house. It seems that the woman selling this house still owned the house by tenants in the entirety with her husband, Jack. But Jack had left his wife many many years before and his wherabouts has been unknown for 20 years. The title company could not locate him to have him sign off on the deed and the sale of the house. The title company had been working for months to resolve this issue.
After months of work the title issue was finally resolved! - The Buyers were excitedly inspecting the house on their final walkthru before settlement. Upon inspection of the attic the buyers and their agent discovered Jack, the missing husband, his mummified remains were hanging from a rafter in the attic. Mystery Solved.