Lincoln County bail bondsman finds 68-year-old man living in waste

Published: Apr. 4, 2017 at 1:04 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2017 at 12:20 PM CDT
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John Rybicki (Source: WAFF)
John Rybicki (Source: WAFF)

LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - A Fayetteville bail bondsman is outraged and heartbroken after a case led him to the home of an elderly man. He said he found the 68-year-old alone, surrounded by waste and two malnourished dogs.

John Allan Rybicki was supposed to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom Monday morning to answer to a DUI charge, but he was a no-show. That's when a local bail bondsman, Mike Farrar, went knocking on his door. What he saw on the other side of those doors is shocking.

The one-story brick home was filled with pet and human waste and trash.

"You can see no human being should have to ever live like this," said Farrar.

Farrar said when he arrived he found the 68-year-old crawling on this belly, struggling to reach the phone in one of his many failed efforts to get help.

Farrar said he called 911 and got Rybicki some help.

"This is not my family. This is one I know other than an acquaintance through a bond situation," said Farrar,

Now the former chemist is being cared for at a local hospital, but what happens next for Rybicki is a mystery.

Unfortunately, Rybicki is not alone. The National Council on Aging reports that approximately one in 10 Americans aged 60 and older have experienced some form of abuse or neglect. However, only one in 14 of those cases are reported to authorities.

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