Skip to comments.Woman's auto-payments hid her death for six years
Posted on 03/07/2014 7:00:37 AM PST by Dallas59
For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.
Nobody batted an eyelid. Bills were paid. And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.
Neighbors didn't notice anything unusual. The woman traveled a lot, they said, and kept to herself. One of them mowed her grass to keep things looking tidy.
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.
Still, nobody noticed what had happened inside the house. Nobody wondered out loud what had become of the owner.
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Life after death, I suppose.
She didn’t receive mail? The postman never thought it odd that mail hadn’t been pickup up in years?
What a city...
She didn’t receive mail? The postman never thought it odd that mail hadn’t been picked up up in years?
What a city...
That is one way of putting it. Sad that no one noticed they never saw her.
Shame that she had no one to really miss her.
If the reporter was really an enterprising sort - I know that is an absurd thought - they would check to see if she voted over the last six years.
The bank did.
Did the car still have gas in it? Do you supposed that she committed suicide?
I don’t suppose a postal worker or neighbor would have noticed mail piling up in the box, or the electricity being completely shut off, no shoveled driveway or walk, no footprints in the snow for an entire winter.
I realize there was rational behind nobody interfering. But did not one single neighbor have a cell phone number for her or a friend of hers?
This is sad.
If you do almost everything electronically and you don't want a pile of junk to toss you can ask the post office to put your mail on hold and they will not deliver to you any more.
They will hold on to regular mail for pick up but if you have very little to begin with it might go unnoticed.
Friends? Relatives? Co-workers?
A real-life Eleanor Rigby.
I remember a similar story from Germany. Guy had been dead in his armchair for three years, with the television rolling on and on in front of his corpse.
I don’t know what her mortgage or car payment were per month or how long the foreclosure proceedings took or whether or not anyone tried to reposes the automobile when payments stopped. But assuming she had enough money in her account with automatic withdrawals to cover 5 years, she must have been a fairly wealthy woman.
The Local story.
And no, its not Detroit. Its middle to upper middle class suburban northeast of Pontiac.
If she still has a lot of money left,she will have some new found ‘friends’ now.
Probably early voted.......................
Is it unusual for a house to go 6 years without being burglarized in Pontiac, Michigan? And furthermore, how do they know the place wasn't broken in to. It's not like the owner was going to report being robbed. And if a burglar found her body what's he going to do? Report it to the police?
It’s Michigan. Of COURSE she voted. And she voted democrat all the way.
Sad but probably true...............and ‘lost’ relatives......................
2007 Jeep Liberty Sport; Low Miles; Garaged; Driven by a little, old lady. $14,590 obo
Maybe it was one of those mail slot in the door type of things.
She was found on the back seat of her car in the garage. The key was half way in the ignition.
That is a little bit weird, if not downright suspicious.
“It is possible that she stopped her mail.”
Don’t know if it is the same all over the country, but our local post office will only hold mail for thirty days. We are almost never at our home in Tennessee so my better half’s father picks up our mail every thirty days then renews the hold.
If she did, then it’s a fair bet that SOMEBODY knew she was dead. ignition keys do not turn themselves off and slide part of the way out of the ignition slot.
or she got a pension or other monthly payment that covered them until the bill amounts became more than the payment and the account bottomed out.
Well, she could have done that in her death throes.
Some people don’t have car payments or morgages. Maybe all she had was an electricity bill and a water bill and that is the reason her money in the bank held out so long.
I don’t do automatic payments, forces me to look at what I’m spending. I have a set time of the month, that I knock them all out, usually takes no more than 5 minutes.
Possibly. But it’d be tough to do from the back seat. And Carbon Monoxide victims usually just gently ‘fall asleep’, don’t they?
That's a salient point. But she seemed to be to young to be collecting a pension. Direct deposit from work that also didn't notice her missing? I suppose it's possible.
was anyone receiving and cashing any checks that might have come for her? Income tax refunds? Social Security?
any MANUAL withdrawals of her funds?
That would explain no one reporting her dead... and would not surprise me one single bit
Remember the lady in east Dallas who was found after being dead for a year in Feb 2006? She lived across the street from the house I grew up in. A cafeteria worker finally convinced police to check on her.
I don’t do automatic payments either but I don’t have a car payment or a house payment. If my husband didn’t order books on line from Amazon we would do NO on line shopping at all.
if the house pictured passes for middle to upper middle class in Pontiac, I don’t want to see poor
A bank account on “auto-payment”? Isn’t that kind of dangerous?
Our next door neighbor is single, in her 50s, and has MS. I take turns with the people who live on the other side of her and across the street cutting her grass and shoveling snow from the driveway. And while we talk when she’s outside, during the Polar Votex, or when the heat index is 105 in July, we don’t see much of her. You don’t see much of anyone in the neighborhood then. I’m not concerned since she has family that stops by often. But I’ve never been in her house, and as she ages and the MS progresses, we see less of her. It’s so gradual, you don’t notice.
Pontiac is NOT an upper class suburb. It is a dump like Detroit only smaller. Run by Dems for just as long.
Unless they have a rescued German Shepherd Dog who drags them out of bed! (reference to recent case)
It is the price you pay for being a loner.
She’ll probably keep on voting....
In Michigan it can be longer then that. My parents were overseas for two years at a time and the post office held their mail. It helped that they got very little.
Has anyone talked to her chauffeur???
And as a registered democrat she voted faithfully the democrat ticket.
Hey, my preffered end will have me found shrivelled up in an old mine somewhere out in the desert a century plus from now with a pile of treasure and my M1A and 1858 Remingtons on me...
Note to future finder - KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! :-)