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If it was your neighbor, would you notice?

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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Woman’s mummified body found in her car 6 years after her death

Posted on: 10:23 am, March 7, 2014, by 

(photo from WXYZ)

(photo from WXYZ)

(CNN) — For years, the payments went out of the woman’s bank account.

Nobody batted an eyelid. Bills were paid. And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.

Neighbors didn’t notice anything unusual. The woman traveled a lot, they said, and kept to herself. One of them mowed her grass to keep things looking tidy.

At some point, her bank account ran dry. The bills stopped being paid.

After its warnings went unanswered, the bank holding the mortgage foreclosed on the house, a common occurrence in a region hit hard by economic woes.

Still, nobody noticed what had happened inside the house. Nobody wondered out loud what had become of the owner.

Not until this week, when a worker sent by the bank to repair a hole in the roof made a grisly discovery.

The woman’s mummified body was sitting in the backseat of her car, parked in the garage. The key was halfway in the ignition.

Authorities say they believe the woman died at least six years ago. They’re still trying to figure out what happened.

“I’ve been doing this 37 years. Never seen anything like this before,” said Undersheriff Mike McCabe of Oakland County, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

Rarely heard from

The woman, who authorities aren’t identifying until they’ve informed her family, paid her bills from her bank account through auto-pay, according to McCabe.

Neighbors said they didn’t know much about the dead woman, describing her as in her 40s and of German descent.

“She really kept to herself. We never really heard anything from her,” neighbor Caitlyn Talbot told CNN affiliate WXYZ.

Talbot said she wasn’t aware of anyone having seen the woman, who traveled a lot, in about six years.

“She was probably there for a couple of days, then she’d leave for a week, then she’d come back. Then she’d leave for a month and come back,” Talbot said.

McCabe says neighbors chalked up the woman’s absences to her returning to Germany for long periods of time.

Despite years without a living owner, the house was never broken into, he said.

Authorities told WXYZ that the house appears to have black mold inside it, and that detectives entered the building Thursday wearing hazardous material suits.

Another neighbor, Darryl Tillery, told the Detroit Free Press that mail never piled up at the house and the lawn never grew out of order. McCabe said one of the neighbors cut the grass for years.

Cause of death undetermined

Police were dispatched to the house for a welfare check in 2007 after a neighbor reported not having seen the owner in a while. After seeing no signs of anything amiss, police went on their way, McCabe said.

Authorities are still waiting for a toxicology report, which will take four to six weeks, before determining the cause of death. The medical examiner found no signs of trauma to the body, McCabe said.

Dr. Bernardino Pacris, the county deputy medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, told the Detroit Free Press that the woman’s skin was still intact, but that the internal organs had decomposed.

Pacris told the newspaper that during the mummification process, skin develops a parchment-like consistency and leathery texture. Finding a body in such a condition is unusual, he said, but “once in a while, we see this.”

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Senile-felines
by Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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ugh!!
momofsixangels
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Trial starts the 25th next month. Hope he gets life or death row
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by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM

How can someone not notice?I mean smell and everything. And if her home was foreclosed on wasnt someone keeping up with the mowing etc?

taKENheart
by Flovely on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:21 PM
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Oh my goodness!  I guess I wouldn't notice really since she stayed to herself and traveled a lot.  You would think she would have some family that would have checked on her.  Someone thought to report it in '07 and I'm surprised they didn't do it again since that year.
I find it odd that over 6yrs of time her mail didn't pile up in her mailbox and the neighbor didn't get tired of having to mow her grass.  My question is, what was she doing in the backseat of her car with the keys only halfway in the ignition?

Hottmomma607
by Trica on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:23 PM
Right!
Do you have a lot of neighbors?


Quoting Senile-felines: ugh!!
Hottmomma607
by Trica on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM
Not to mention the mold smell! They needed hazmat suits. WTH?
So weird how she died.


Quoting momofsixangels:

How can someone not notice?I mean smell and everything. And if her home was foreclosed on wasnt someone keeping up with the mowing etc?

booknerd84
by Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Wow that is crazy! I guess I can see why no one noticed her adsentcents if she traveled alot but 6 years!!

coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM
I have a lot of neighbors but some travel and keep odd hours that it can be easy to lose track of them. My one neighbor became bedridden and had I not been home when he died and the ambulance was here, I wouldn't have known until his son sold the house a few months later. How sad.
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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM
Well the report said that the post office held her mail.
But my thoughts were the same what about her family? So sad.
And some strange (pardon my french) shit for her to be in the back seat.
It could have been she was doing something and then died? But I was thinking of carbon dioxide poisoning but her keys wasn't even in.


Quoting taKENheart:

Oh my goodness!  I guess I wouldn't notice really since she stayed to herself and traveled a lot.  You would think she would have some family that would have checked on her.  Someone thought to report it in '07 and I'm surprised they didn't do it again since that year. I find it odd that over 6yrs of time her mail didn't pile up in her mailbox and the neighbor didn't get tired of having to mow her grass.  My question is, what was she doing in the backseat of her car with the keys only halfway in the ignition?

HONEYN4
by New Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

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That's don't sound right so for 6 years no one though nothing now a days people know when you used the bathroom COME ON PEOPLE
Hottmomma607
by Trica on Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Awww so sad!
Seriously I wouldn't have noticed my neighbors to the right of us. They are kind of weird.
We had an ederly neighbor across the street he died while we were on vacation. It was sad, he was so nice we really liked him. Our very first meeting he said "I never had black neighbors before!" LOL His senior citizen daughter lived with him. Speaking of I need to run across the street and check on her. Maybe bring her some food?


Quoting coolmommy2x: I have a lot of neighbors but some travel and keep odd hours that it can be easy to lose track of them. My one neighbor became bedridden and had I not been home when he died and the ambulance was here, I wouldn't have known until his son sold the house a few months later. How sad.
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