Belgian mother and son dead for five years before discovery
The remains of a mother and her son have been discovered on Dupré Street in Jette, Brussels, five years after they are believed to have died. There appears to have been no foul play, according to the Brussels public prosecutor's office.
No one in the neighbourhood had reported anything strange or unusual. When a council official went to the house to collect money on an unpaid bill he discovered the dead bodies of an 80 year old woman and her 49 year old son.
The Brussels public prosecutor's office was immediately notified and sent a forensic doctor to the house. "Based on a preliminary examination by the doctor it appears that neither death was caused by the intervention of a third party," says judicial spokesman Jean-Marc Meilleur. "In both cases we think they died of natural causes. No investigating magistrate has been appointed to the case for the moment because there is no cause to believe that a crime was committed."
Exactly how mother and son died is not known. A post mortem will be difficult because they are in a state of advanced decomposition.
According to the police a search party was sent out five years ago to find the mother and son. When they could not be found the police assumed that they had moved away.