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The mummified woman whose body lay undisturbed for five years in the back seat of a jeep ...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 10, 2014 | TED THORNHILL and ALEX GREIG

Posted on 03/10/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

A picture has surfaced of a woman whose mummified remains were found in the garage of her Pontiac home, the body having lain there for around five years.

It is believed to be that of Pia Davida Farrenkopf, 49, the home's last occupant - though the police have yet to confirm this - and a black-and-white high school photograph of her has emerged....

The remains were discovered only last Wednesday when a bank contractor was sent to the home to investigate a hole in the roof after it went into foreclosure in March 2013.

Farrenkopf's payments for her mortgage, utilities and other bills, were automatically deducted from her bank account which at one time contained $54,000.

The money finally ran out, leading to the grim discovery of the woman's mummified body lying on the back seat of a Jeep Liberty registered to Farrenkopf inside the garage.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe told Detroit Free Press that investigators believe the woman has been dead since at least 2008. That’s the year the license plate on Farrenkopf's Jeep expired.

The body was clothed in a heavy jacket and jeans, leading investigators to believe that it was winter when she died.

The key was in the ignition, but it was switched to the off position.

Investigators are treating the death as a homicide at this time and say suicide by carbon monoxide seems unlikely. The body shows no signs of trauma, McCabe says.

Neighbor Darryl Tillery, 49, said the woman’s mail never piled up at the house and her lawn was kept neat.

'It was pretty manicured,' he told the Detroit Free Press. 'There was no indication there was a body in there, at all.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: pontiac

1 posted on 03/10/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Pontiac woman found in a Jeep. Was she a Taurus?


2 posted on 03/10/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Uncle Chip

One of the saddest things is to die and no one notices.


3 posted on 03/10/2014 9:46:37 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: zot

follow up to earlier story


4 posted on 03/10/2014 9:49:07 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Uncle Chip
Neighbor Darryl Tillery, 49, said the woman’s mail never piled up at the house ...
Someone made sure those disability checks just kept on coming.
5 posted on 03/10/2014 9:49:11 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Actually neighbors did notice. The police sent someone out who looked around (not very thoroughly, obviously) and said everything looked okay.


6 posted on 03/10/2014 9:49:26 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Uncle Chip

Right out of Steven King.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 9:52:44 AM PDT by Blackirish
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
More info. I think police are probably wise to treat this one as a homicide.

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8 posted on 03/10/2014 9:53:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Uncle Chip
The money finally ran out,

Further proof that in society's eyes, you are only worth the sum of your economic usefulness.

9 posted on 03/10/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: ladyjane

“The police sent someone out who looked around (not very thoroughly, obviously) and said everything looked okay.”

What would you have done?

Look around the outside of the home? Check.

Look in the windows? Check.

See no one and then what?

Break in when there is no indication of foul play—like a body in plain view or broken or trashed home.

Heck, they’re not supposed to break in if someone is home and denies entry or doesn’t answer the door at all and there is no indication of foul play that they can see.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: oh8eleven

and someone was picking up the mail and cutting the grass.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 10:00:05 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: PGR88

You would think someone from the bank would show up sooner. Sounds like the bank would have sold the place and the new owner would find the body if not for the contractor checking out the roof.


12 posted on 03/10/2014 10:01:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The bank noticed.

That’s why we should all die in massive debt.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 10:03:08 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Uncle Chip

What? No “I’d hit” remarks?


14 posted on 03/10/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is like the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: ladyjane
The police sent someone out who looked around (not very thoroughly, obviously) and said everything looked okay.

Recall the scene from "Home Alone"?

15 posted on 03/10/2014 10:05:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Uncle Chip

This case is well past “48 Hours”. The cops are going to be way behind on this one.


16 posted on 03/10/2014 10:27:12 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

The first person I would talk to is whoever had been cutting the grass for the last 5 years.

Who does that without remuneration for 5 years — I don’t care how good of a neighbor they are.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 10:39:58 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ladyjane
The police sent someone out who looked around ... and said everything looked okay.
Life imitating "art" ...
18 posted on 03/10/2014 10:42:07 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Uncle Chip

I bet she voted Democrat the last few elections


19 posted on 03/10/2014 10:48:18 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Don’t think for a minute she’s going stop either.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

and she probably will for many years to come.


21 posted on 03/10/2014 10:51:30 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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Okay — she picked up her mail at the post office rather than have it delivered.

So for 5 years it was piling up at the post office rather than at her home.

And no one at the post office noticed???


22 posted on 03/10/2014 10:54:51 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

She will be voting in the midterm elections too, straight Dem of course


23 posted on 03/10/2014 10:58:04 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Hulka
what would you have done?

Around here, they'll make sure someone has seen the person unless that person has left notification with police that they'll be away and for approximately how long.

24 posted on 03/10/2014 10:59:44 AM PDT by grania
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To: TheThirdRuffian

That’s why we should all die in massive debt..... I just wonder. She died years ago, what right does the bank have to drain her savings, albeit the place was on ‘automatic pilot’? If she had a will or other lawful exemption (such as life insurance, etc.) will the bank lose out? Lord, I hope so.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 11:03:49 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

The bank didn’t notice until all $54,000 she had in her accounts was gone.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 11:03:52 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Uncle Chip

The remains were discovered only last Wednesday when a bank contractor was sent to the home to investigate a hole in the roof after it went into foreclosure in March 2013.

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Interesting that only the roof of the house had gone into foreclosure.

Good grief! Who writes this stuff?

Very sad story.

So many questions: Who was cutting the grass? Why did her mail not pile up?

When I first read of this case a day or so ago, I thought suicide by CO in the car. But this piece says that the ignition was switched off. I doubt if it was murder, though.

Two thoughts come to mind. Perhaps some cars are equipped to turn off the ignition if the car used up it’s fuel. (I don’t know anything about cars except how to pump the gas into them.) My other thought is that she ingested some sort of pills in order to kill herself, but that does not explain why she would have gotten into the car.

This article states that she was terminated in 2008, which was the year that she died according to the assumptions of the LEO. Perhaps that dismissal triggered the suicide.


27 posted on 03/10/2014 11:22:53 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: oh8eleven

Someone made sure those disability checks just kept on coming.

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Actually, I don’t think she was receiving disability. She had a job with Chrysler, which she lost in 2008.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 11:24:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

Prayers up for her family.


29 posted on 03/10/2014 11:26:44 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: voicereason; Uncle Chip
What? No “I’d hit” remarks?

We're talking mummy here. That's BillClintoons realm - he gets firsts.

30 posted on 03/10/2014 11:46:24 AM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Bigg Red

If someone had not been cutting her grass, neighbors would have complained, the city would have sent out a letter followed by a summons to cut it or else her appearance would be required before the council or in court.

Whoever was cutting the grass did as much to keep her from being found as anyone or anything else.


31 posted on 03/10/2014 11:54:39 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Hulka
I wasn't being critical of the police, just mentioning that the neighbors did notice she hadn't been seen for a while.

Interesting that they are treating it as a homicide.

32 posted on 03/10/2014 11:55:40 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

The house next door to me has been mostly empty over the last 15 years. Its been sold and resold a couple of times but no one has been there for more than a couple of months at most.


33 posted on 03/10/2014 12:07:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Interesting. Do you think it might be haunted? Or maybe the new owners don’t like the neighbors??? ;-)


34 posted on 03/10/2014 12:47:54 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

The guy that owns it now is a wealthy young guy who inherited it but has several houses around the country. He’s from Colorado and spends most of his time there.


35 posted on 03/10/2014 12:52:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: grania

Works for you.

And that is good, but even then the police can’t break in unless they have solid grounds to do so. . .4th Amendment and all that, you know, the Amendment they get accused of trampling all the time here on FR.

I have nothing to do with my neighbors, not unfriendly but more of a ‘nod’ kind of thing. If I am gone for a while I don’t tell anyone. Even the police. None of their business.


36 posted on 03/10/2014 2:03:59 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: ladyjane

Understood.

Was thrown off by the “not very thoroughly, obviously” comment.


37 posted on 03/10/2014 2:05:45 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: GreyFriar

I had not heard that the ignition was turned off. That reduces the possibility of suicide by CO poisoning.


38 posted on 03/10/2014 2:25:29 PM PDT by zot
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To: zot; Uncle Chip; oh8eleven; Bigg Red

“I had not heard that the ignition was turned off. That reduces the possibility of suicide by CO poisoning.”

Of course it could that whoever is cutting the grass is the person who turned off the ignition...


39 posted on 03/10/2014 2:38:46 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: jonno

For sure, the authorities should interrogate whoever was cutting the grass all those years.


40 posted on 03/10/2014 2:59:09 PM PDT by zot
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To: TheThirdRuffian
That’s why we should all die in massive debt.

If there was a discernible rend in that direction, it wouldn't be long before that would be found "unconstitutional."

41 posted on 03/10/2014 5:40:15 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Whoever was cutting the grass did as much to keep her from being found as anyone or anything else.

(((
Yes, that is a big part of the puzzle.


42 posted on 03/10/2014 6:24:04 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: jonno

Got to find the mysterious grass cutter.

It may well be that some neighbor noticed that the grass was not getting cut and took it upon himself to start doing it. There is a vacant foreclosed house down the street from me. The guy who lives across the street from it cuts the grass there whenever he does his own. No point in waiting around for the bank to do it.


43 posted on 03/10/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Uncle Chip
The money finally ran out, leading to the grim discovery...

Somehow this reminds me of the old saying, "If you think nobody cares about you, just miss a couple car payments."

44 posted on 03/10/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: cripplecreek
Just heard on WJR, looks like she voted in the 2010 general election. Sure she was a good Democrat.
45 posted on 03/11/2014 3:31:07 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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