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Woman Claims Mailman Stepped Over Her Dead Husband

DENVER (CBS4) - A Denver woman claims her longtime mailman failed to notice her husband had died on their doorstep.

"I hurt and I'm so angry," widow Hedy Porch said. "I'm angry because he stepped over my husband and put the mail in the mailbox."

The body of Dale Porch was found by his son last Friday at his home in the 2000 block of South Irving Street. He'd just been dropped off at home by a coworker after working the nightshift when he collapsed and died before entering the house.

"So in between 9 a.m. and noon when they found him, the mailman came, left the mail and just went on his merry way," Dale Porch's sister-in-law Kimberly Cordova said.

The family believes if the mailman had seen the body Dale Porch might have survived the health problem.

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A spokesperson for the Denver Post Office says the mail carrier is extremely distraught and thought the body was a leftover Halloween decoration.

"We do know the carrier delivered mail to the house that day, and he remembered seeing something he thought was related to Halloween," the post office said in a statement. "We know this carrier to be a conscientious and dedicated employee. He is someone who would certainly help a customer if he knew they were in need."

The coroner is still determining a cause of death. The carrier has since been moved to a different route.

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