On June 23rd of last year a few days after my brother passed away from a heart attack in his home office I shared my experience and frustrations on this forum and just wanted to provide an update.
After months of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together I reached a conclusion that I would never know what happened between the alleged time his body was found, four days later, and when the police arrived. I was 99% certain that prior to the arrival of the police one pistol, a Taurus 1911 in .38 super, about $4500 in cash and at least that much in gold and silver coins and bullion were taken from his safe and a Bersa CC .380 was missing from his bedside table where he always kept it.
The investigators did as good a job as could be expected under the circumstances but they also had to consider that these items were gone sold whatever prior to his death. At the time I couldn't prove or disprove that line of thought. The safe was open when the police arrived. But my doubt still lingered. For one, like me, he would never leave the house unarmed, the Bersa was his EDC, and I'm certain he would have never sold the Taurus. He had no credit cards and always kept 4-5 k in cash in his safe for what he referred to as "walking around money." He loved electronic gadgets and would easily drop serious money on something he wanted. I know all this because I knew him better than anyone else, knew how he lived and was at his place numerous times. Luckily when we were going through his condo we found the original firearm boxes and were able to provide the police with the serial numbers.
Yesterday I get a call, at work, from a small town police department in Mississippi. The Taurus was found on some degenerate during a traffic stop. They said it was in pretty rough shape but the decision on what to do with it now belongs to his son not me. There is a little more to this I won't get into right now but my point here is record your firearm serial numbers and let your next if kin know where they are. When I get a new firearm I record the number and description, take a photo, and send it in an email to myself, my wife and my son. End of story thanks for listening and letting me vent again.