By Cristina Hodgson • 25 October 2019 • 21:36
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Police in Madrid discovered the body in the bathroom of the woman’s house in Ciudad Lineal, near the famous Las Ventas bullring
Local media have named the woman as Isabel Rivera Molina, who was aged 78 when she died.
It is understood she died and lived alone in a second-floor flat above a bank following the death of her architect husband. She had no children. She was also the owner of the flat and reportedly had no contact with relatives.
She was found in the bathroom, and due to the conditions in the room, her body had not decomposed.
It is believed she died from natural causes.
Neighbours, who hadn’t seen her since 2004, said they had complained about the smell multiple times over the years but that nothing was done about it.
The body was discovered on Tuesday, after a relative called them to raise the alarm and they alerted firefighters who ended up breaking into the flat via a terrace window.
This is not the first case of a mummified corpse to be found in Spain.
In February of last year the mummified corpse of a man who disappeared seven years previously, just 38, was found on his bed.
The dead man’s brother asked a locksmith to force entry to the flat they owned in the east coast Spanish city of Valencia after years without news of his sibling.
Local reports said he had died in 2011 and neighbours had not reported him missing because they thought he had moved to the northern port city of Santander.
The previous year, in November 2017, bailiffs in Madrid discovered the body of a man named Agustin who had been dead for four years when they went to evict him from his house.
The 56-year-old’s body lay undiscovered inside his apartment after he died in the autumn of 2013.
In that case, a locksmith forced entry to the third-floor flat after accompanying the bailiffs armed with the eviction order – and it was then they discovered why the mortgage payments hadn’t been met.
A corpse becomes mummified when the skin and organs have been preserved intentionally or accidentally.
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