dale porchDale PorchMailmen are a dedicated bunch. Other than that whole "going postal" rap, they get the job done come rain, sleet, or snow ... but one USPS worker in Denver has been taken off his route for allegedly ignoring a dead body just inches from the mailbox. Hedy Porch, the wife of deceased Dale Porch, says that the mailman saw her husband lying there, yet did nothing to help. She goes as far as to say that had the mail carrier done something, maybe Dale would still be with us today.

But. But but but but but. The mailman has one very good excuse for "ignoring" Dale's lifeless body.

It was November 2, just two days after kids were trick-or-treating, when this all went down, and the mailman says that he thought Dale's body was a leftover Halloween mannequin.

I can see that.

The USPS asserts that this specific carrier is a "conscientious and dedicated employee", which furthers my assumption that this was all one big mistake. I mean, it would have to take a pretty terrible person to see a body collapsed on the ground, step over it, put letters in the mailbox, then say absolutely nothing about it. Our society isn't that morally bankrupt yet, is it?

If you ask Hedy Porch, it might be. She says when her brother-in-law found Dale's body an hour after the mail had been delivered, Dale was still warm. Perhaps had the carrier done something when he encountered the body, there could've been time to save him.

Dale had been dropped off shortly before after working the graveyard shift. He was 46 and the family is awaiting autopsy reports.

The mail carrier, on the other hand, will probably never look at Halloween decorations the same again.

Do you think this sounds like a mistake ... or intentional?