Woman Finds Outline of 'Dead Body' Under Carpet in New Home

When one woman moved into her new home, she quickly discovered an outline of a "dead body" underneath the home's carpeting. Most people agreed the outline was probably fake—a joke created by the previous tenants or whoever installed the carpet. But, other discoveries made at the "crime scene" left the internet shocked and a little confused.

TikTok user @DontBeAnAshHole posted the video of the outline to her page on June 10. Over the past couple of weeks, the post has received more than 5 million views and thousands of comments.

In the TikTok, she says: "I wasn't bothered knowing someone died in my new house, but imagine my surprise when I ripped up the floor and found this." She then shows the torn-up carpet with the outline, accompanied by a date—more than likely the date of the alleged crime—and a case number. The outline, case number and date were all drawn/written in black marker.

"Okay, but this is actually a little creepy," she continues as she then shows a photo of the body outline next to a giant, body-shaped stain on the hardwood floors. She set the TikTok to music from "Amityville Horror" to give it a more bone-chilling effect.

Most people weren't bothered by the outline drawn in marker. "Whoever installed the carpet drew that to freak out whoever removed the carpet," said one commenter. "We did this to our old house before we put laminate down. It's a joke."

"Y'all are gullible," commented another. "That's not even the right proportions of a human body."

But many still had their concerns. One woman named Jordyn Everett was quick to give the woman advice in dealing with the much larger, and arguably much scarier, stain seen on the hardwood floor. "Pour peroxide on the stain," she said. "If it bubbles, it's blood. If it is, you need to get that out of your house!"

"Blood pathogens are very dangerous," she continued in a separate comment. "Especially if you don't treat them right away.

The next day, DontBeAnAshHole posted a video that shows her following Everett's advice.

In the first half of the video, she sprays peroxide on the part of the floor that is not stained. "No bubbles, just wet," she says. She then sprays the large "questionable" area. A moment after spraying, bubbles begin to form on the floor.


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According to Real Simple, hydrogen peroxide bubbles "when it comes into contact with an enzyme called catalase." The enzyme is found in blood cells and some bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide bubbling on a surface, whether that be a bathtub, a toilet or the floor, does not mean that the surface is blood-stained. However, this didn't stop commenters from panicking.

"I don't think he died, I think he got murdered," one commenter named Ray theorized in the comments. Others echoed his sentiments. But others were quick to tell the woman that the blood was a biohazard and the flooring needed to be removed immediately.

"You need to rip that flooring out, and then get it decontaminated and sealed," commented Crime Scene Cleaning, a TikTok account with more than 4 million followers. "Clearly no one initially got it cleaned."

"That's a biohazard," commented another user named Mona. "The cleaning crew should've ripped up the floor."

According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, blood is only considered to be "biohazardous" if "blood or bloody fluids come out if you squeeze them," or "dried blood...flake[s] off if you pull the item taught after it dries."

Until a professional is called to evaluate the scene, it can't be determined that the stain is blood and/or that it is hazardous to those living in the home. Regardless, DontBeAnAshHole is right to be a bit spooked.

Newsweek has reached out to DontBeAnAshHole for comment.

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A woman's viral TikTok shows the outline of a "dead body" underneath the carpet of her new home. doyata/iStock