A mother-of-three and her young kids are living in constant fear after learning an intruder was living in their ceiling for weeks.
Monica Green had noticed oddities around her Rockhampton home but brushed it off as faulty security cameras and ascribed misplaced items to her kids.
But after arriving home early from a doctor’s appointment on Monday, the Queensland resident discovered a series of inexplicable disturbances that demanded police attention.
The back door was wide open, the TV and aircon were on, and a half-cooked meal of chicken nuggets was resting on the stove.
Monica Green (pictured) and her three kids are living in fear after learning an intruder had been living in their Rockhampton home for weeks
When officers arrived a short time later to conduct a search, they found the manhole to her ceiling partially open – and evidence someone had been living in the roof.
‘I felt violated. I felt like my personal space had been invaded. I felt shocked, terrified, scared,’ Ms Green told the Courier Mail.
Ms Green kept a whiteboard inside the house detailing her schedule which indicated the family were not due to arrive home until later that day.
Although uncommon, the act of secretly living in someone’s home is not unheard of and has been given the name ‘phrogging’ because culprits tend to ‘hop’ from one residence to another.
With Mrs Green’s husband away for work, the family are terrified in their home, unsure if the intruder will return.
After calling police, officers searched the premises and found evidence someone had been living in the roof (pictured)
Mrs Green suspects the intruder had gain access by stealing her keys and she has since changed the locks to her home (pictured)
‘What has this person been doing in my house when I’m not home? Were they trying to harm me or my kids? Did they want one of my kids? Were they going to come down at night and murder us? There’s all these unknown questions rolling around in my head,’ she said.
‘I’m finding myself constantly shaking at the smallest noise. I’m triple-checking all my locks now before I go to bed. I spent the night in the house last night with family here, but being alone in the home scares me.’
Mrs Green believes the intruder got inside by stealing her keys and she has changed the locks.
Police gathered forensic evidence from the scene and investigations are ongoing.