Woman's body lay in house for years
11 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have found the body of a woman, who possibly could have been dead for two years or more, in an Amsterdam home.
11 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police have found the body of a woman, who possibly could have been dead for two years or more, in an Amsterdam home.
The body was in an advanced state of decay, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Police found the corpse in a home on the Dusartstraat in the Pijp district of the Dutch capital following the death of an 89-year-old man in the same home.
A friend of the man raised the alarm a week and a half ago when the man failed to open the door.
When police arrived, the house was "one great heap of rubbish". About 1.5m of rubbish and junk was piled up throughout the house. Birds were also flying around the rubbish.
The man's body was found among the rubbish. Police believe the man — who lived as a recluse and had little contact with neighbours — probably died a natural death.
Investigations later found that a woman, of East European origins, may also have lived at the address.
Using sniffer dogs, police found the body of a very old woman a couple of days later among the rubbish. She is suspected to have been about 95 years old.
Her identity has yet to be established, but police believe the man had a relationship with her.
"It is possible he could not part with her when she died," the spokesman said.
Neighbours have complained in recent years about the smell emanating from the house.
After days of cleaning, the house was returned in an emptied state to the local housing authority on Tuesday.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news