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- A group on a bachelorette trip last month were shocked to discover a dead body in their Airbnb, according to The New Orleans Advocate.
- They went to New Orleans for St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the upcoming wedding and saw a man in an apartment connected to the one they rented.
- They thought he was another guest or the owner, so they left him alone and went out. But when they returned, he hadn’t moved.
- The police arrived and confirmed the man was dead. Authorities later found that he died from ingesting multiple drugs, The Advocate said.
- Though shaken, the group carried on the weekend and toasted to the man, whom they called Roman, in a bar.
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A bachelorette party last month took a disturbing turn when the group members found a dead body at their Airbnb, The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Not only had several of the partygoers’ flights been grounded, but they noticed something wasn’t right when they finally arrived at their rented New Orleans apartment after a 10-hour drive from St. Louis on March 15.
In an apartment attached to the one they’d rented, they could see a man sitting on a futon. They thought he could have been watching TV or taking a nap. Though the area was part of their rental, they assumed he was the owner or a last-minute extra booking, so they left him alone.
“We were already kind of confused by the area, so we were like, ‘Oh, did you see a guy was in there?'” Abbey Donahue, who was in the group, told The Advocate, adding that they wanted to respect his privacy. “That [he might be dead] is no one’s first assumption.”
Instead, they went out for the evening to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. When they returned, they realized the man was still in the same position.
Another member of the group called 911 after noticing he wasn’t breathing, and they saw he had foam around his mouth.
“I think it really helped having two nurses in our group, and they handled it really well,” Donahue said, according to The Advocate. “Whereas I was shaking the entire time and my adrenaline was going. I was really focused on making sure that everyone in our group was safe.”
Airbnb declined to comment to INSIDER.
According to The Advocate, the police arrived at the Airbnb at 2:12 a.m. on March 16 and confirmed the man was dead. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office told the newspaper it had determined he was 26 years old and died accidentally after ingesting multiple drugs.
The Advocate reported that the host said the man had no connection to him or the property, and an Airbnb representative told the paper that the man didn’t appear to have had an account.
According to The Advocate, Donahue said she notified Airbnb because the group was initially worried that the man could be the host, and the company quickly got accommodations for the group at a hotel that night.
The group didn’t know the man’s name but called him Roman, after a New Orleans street, and toasted to him at a nearby bar.
“Finding a dead body is scary, but when you know it’s someone who has a family and a life, it’s [heartbreaking], for sure,” Donahue said, according to The Advocate.
“When it comes to New Orleans, it was one of the coolest cities. We figured if this person did not get to live out his life, we should celebrate him in New Orleans all weekend long.”