A 43-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing a charge of offering indignities to human remains after Yarmouth RCMP discovered the body of his 76-year-old uncle in a house on Tuesday.

Police said they went to the house on Grove Road to check on the well-being of someone, but inside, they found the body of Stanley Ernest Adams.

RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc told CBC News it was not the first time police had gone to the house to check on the man.

"Yesterday, when we did not get a response, our members forced their way into the residence and found the man," he said Wednesday afternoon.

"It's our belief that the body had been there for quite some time and it's not a matter of days."

RCMP are calling the 76-year-old's death suspicious and they want to speak with anyone who may have been in contact with Adams.

The man's nephew — 43-year-old Timothy Stanley Adams — has been arrested and is facing one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial and one count of offering indignities to human remains.

Timothy Stanley Adams appeared in Yarmouth provincial court on Wednesday and was remanded for a psychiatric assessment. He'll be back in court on Dec. 20.

"These types of charges are not laid often so this is quite unusual," said LeBlanc.

The Southwest Nova Major Crimes Unit is helping with the investigation.

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