Tonight, ABC World News Tonight reported a case where a couple owning a home in Canyon County, Idaho, apparently entered a sale contract and then went away for a while. When the couple came nack, they found a squatter who produced a “lease” which was obviously fraudulent. Yet, a judge refused to let the couple evict the squatter.
The ABC link was not yet available.
But the University of Massachusetts Law School has a paper by Shannon Dunn McCarthy on the problem of “lifting the heavy burden to evict unwanted company”. One question seems to be simply home security. There should have been a security system, or someone trusted should have been checking the property periodically.
Wikipedia attribution link for northern Idaho mountain picture by Charmar, under CCSA 2.0. My most recent visit to the area was in July 1990.