By Tara Rippin • 10 February 2019 • 13:32
CORPSE: Police discover mummified body on the Costa del Sol Photo credit: Twitter
THE mummified body of a British woman, 71, has been found at a property where the daughter and granddaughter reportedly lived alongside the corpse for up to a year.
Guardia Civil discovered the ‘skeletal and mummified’ remains under a mattress, still wearing clothes and surrounded by air fresheners at a house Istan, close to Marbella.
The macabre finding, investigated by the Benemerita Judicial Police Unit, was made early hours of yesterday (Saturday), after a call from the daughter of the deceased.
According to reports, she contacted the police after the dead woman’s husband found out and told her and her teenage daughter to go to the police.
Officers visited the property and reportedly found the mother’s body hidden under a mattress and cardboard.
Initial inspections and a forensic examination carried out yesterday at the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) in Malaga, found no sign of violence.
Investigators believe she may have died of natural causes, although this is still to be confirmed by a post mortem.
As well as the cause of death, examiners want to find out exactly when, though it is believed it could have been last March, based on statements by family members.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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