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Burglar flees, scared stiff by mummified corpse

The Local · 14 May 2012, 16:47

Published: 14 May 2012 16:47 GMT+02:00

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“Finding something like that would certainly be frightening,” a police spokesman told The Local on Monday.

Cops were called to the second-floor flat in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia by a neighbour who heard the smash of the would-be burglar kicking in the door.

When they went to investigate, they found a rubbish-strewn apartment – and the preserved corpse of the pensioner lying on the floor of the living room next to the television.

An autopsy later showed that the woman had been lying there for five years.

“In a warm, dry building a body can mummify itself,” the spokesman said.

“It would smell though,” he added.

The woman’s rent and bills had been automatically paid from account, and “clearly no-one had noticed she had disappeared,” a police statement said.

An autopsy on Monday morning revealed that the woman was 66 when she died. The cause of death is not known, but police confirmed the corpse showed no signs of violence.

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Your comments about this article

18:50 May 14, 2012 by blackboot11
This is a very sad state of affairs that no one noticed that she was not among the living for FIVE years.
07:59 May 15, 2012 by SynJyn Tweer
That,s the country we live in "NO ONE CARES"
09:52 May 15, 2012 by srcbie
The country I lived before, neighbors would look for you if you doesn¦#39;t showup the next few days. It just they care for each other.
13:03 May 15, 2012 by GolfAlphaYankee
I hope she died peacefully while watching TV. what happen to her body after that doesn't really matter.... can you imagine having a stroke that leaves you paralyzed .... only to die from dehydration after few long and agonizing days?
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