According to The Charlotte Observer
, the woman, a single mother of five from Rock Hill, SC, identified as "Tracy," spent the day with her children. She was working on her laptop in her bedroom after nightfall when she heard strange noises and noticed the insulation falling from the ceiling. According to Tracy, she just could not shake off the feeling that "something just ain't right." She sent her older sons to investigate, but they found nothing.
Tracy said the incident was reminiscent of stories of ghoulish "things that go bump in the night," and "poltergeist stuff."
Around 2.30 a.m. when the noise in the attic persisted, with nails falling to the floor from the ceiling, Tracy called her nephew. He came to the house and went up to the attic. According to The Huffington Post
, Tracy's adult sons and her nephew investigated the noise from the attic and found among the attic junk not ghosts and horned devils capering in the dark but a man sleeping in the heating unit. WCNC
reports Tracy said: "They found a man. He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit."
The man awoke, went downstairs and escaped from the house before the police got there. According to Yahoo! News
, "he came down from the attic and without any words he left with a smile."
The Huffington Post
reports several "Route 44" Sonic cups filled with feces and urine were found in the attic room. The man had also tampered with the ceiling vents so he could peep out and look down at Tracy in her bedroom.
Tracy said she had dated the man for about a year more than 12 years ago, The Charlotte Observer
reports. She ended the relationship after the man got into petty crime. Even though he wrote in letters he sent to her from jail that he had changed, Tracy claims she had never entertained thoughts of getting back with him. She said she made it clear to him that their relationship was over. Tracy told The Charlotte Observer
that the man's drug addiction and petty criminal offenses made her lose interest in the relationship. She said: "That was it. I never looked back."
However, Tracy admitted the man helped her do some odd jobs in her house a year before. According to Tracy, that was the last she heard of him until she found him in her attic. According to The Daily Mail
, the 44-year-old man had just been released from prison two weeks before and had probably lived in the attic for two weeks before he was found.
It remained a puzzle how he got up to the attic. The Charlotte Observer
reports there is only one access to the attic, which is "through a door from inside the home, in the hallway that connects her children's bedrooms."
The Daily Mail
reports that "Tracy" does not want to be named because the man is still at large. The Charlotte Observer
reports she said: “It’s got me flabbergasted. How can you look at someone through an air vent?”
According to The Huffington Post
, the man is "described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds."
"Tracy" says she had changed her locks after the incident but her children are still wary of sleeping in their bedrooms. She wants the man arrested and charged. She said: "I want him to be charged with it. It could be somebody else he does the same thing to, but she might not be so lucky."