Woman Dies in Her Home--But, No One Notices for More than Six Years

March 7, 2014 - 5:10 PM

If a neighbor of yours disappeared for an extended period of time, wouldn't you at least make some inquiries as to what happened to him or her?

In Pontiac, Michigan, one woman was dead in her garage for at least six years - and no one noticed.  A recent visit by a worker sent to do repairs on the woman's now-foreclosed home was when her body was discovered.

"She really didn't talk to anybody. She kept to herself," neighbor Caitlyn Talbot told WXYZ news, offering a possible explanation of why it took so long to discover the woman had died.

The woman in question reportedly traveled a lot and kept to herself.  Most of her bills, like her car payments, were on auto-pay, so when she passed away; no one really noticed.  The woman's condition were only called into question when the money in her bank account ran dry, according to CNN:

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.