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Mummified woman, 66, found sitting on sofa in front of working television

By Mason White 9:52 AM April 2, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A woman was found dead on her sofa in front of her television.

Police believe that the 66-year-old German woman, died more than six months before she was found in her apartment.

The woman was found sitting on her sofa. Interestingly enough, the woman’s television was still on. Authorities said that the woman in the town of Oberursel, near Frankfurt, died of natural causes.

She was in her nightgown watching television on the couch. There was a program guide next to the woman, which was more than 6 months old.

The lights in the room were still on and her body was described in a report as being partially mummified. Neighbors called police when they realized that the woman’s mailbox was overflowing.

Officers broke down the door and found the dead woman on her couch. Chief Inspector Ulrich Demmer of the Hesse police department, was surprised that no one noticed for months that the woman was not around.

“Unfortunately, societal and demographic changes mean that such cases are increasing,” he said.