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02 January 2004
SANTA FE: A New Mexico couple returned home from a week-long holiday to find the legs of a dead man dangling from their ceiling, police said.
The man was identified as Carl Smith, 81, and he was the former husband of the woman who lived in the home, said Trish Ahrensfield, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police.
"He was stuck in an air conditioner duct," Ahrensfield said, adding a cause of death has not yet been determined.
Police said it appears the man was trying to break into the home from the roof and died while attempting to get in through the air conditioner duct.
The couple, who were not identified, said their home was cold when they returned from their holiday and they went to the bathroom to see if the heater had been shut off. When they looked up, they saw the legs hanging from the ceiling.