See update below.
What’s the hazard of autopaying your bills? People still think you are alive.
For years, the payments went out of the woman’s bank account.
At some point, her bank account ran dry. The bills stopped being paid.
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.
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.
The woman, who authorities aren’t identifying until they’ve informed her family, paid her bills from her bank account through auto-pay….
It’s an odd story for sure. And lots of questions arise – how come none of her co-workers report her missing when she stopped coming in to work? Wouldn’t the awful smell at least be a clue?
Police did do a check up after one of the neighbors called the authorities, not having seen the woman for a while. When nothing out of the ordinary showed up during a house visit, the police didn’t think anything more of it. If only they had checked the garage back then…
The woman kept to herself most of the time it seems, judging from her neighbors and she traveled a lot in her job as well.
During the 6 years the woman’s been dead, the house was never broken into and the grass was taken care of by another neighbor who mowed her lawn for her.
Police has ordered a toxicology report to see if they can determine a cause of death as there seems to be no sign of physical trauma.
UPDATE (21-July-2014) The remains have been identified.
Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains of a woman found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there alone.
Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing. Oakland County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Bernardino Pacris said the cause and manner of death could not be determined because the body was mummified.