Pia Farrenkopf, a Michigan woman missing for six years, was found in the garage of her home and no one knew that she was there, reports AJC.com.
According to neighbors, Farrenkopf was a frequent traveler so her absence wasn’t suspicious. Her bills were paid through auto-pay and her neighbors kept her grass cut.
It wasn’t until the bank foreclosed on her home, after months of non-payment, that a contractor sent to make repairs discovered Farrenkopf’s mummified body in the car in her garage. The key was still in the ignition.
“She had $54,000 in her account, and her bills were being deducted,” said Oakland County Michigan Undersheriff Mike McCabe to explain why Farrenkopf wasn’t missed. “I’ve been doing this 37 years, never seen anything like this before.”
Farrenkopf’s sister said that the times she would call the phone just rang, so she hung up.
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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.