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Woman's auto-payments hid her death for six years
CNN ^ | 3/7/2014 | CNN

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: autopayments; death; woman
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1 posted on 03/07/2014 7:00:37 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Life after death, I suppose.


2 posted on 03/07/2014 7:01:45 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Dallas59

She didn’t receive mail? The postman never thought it odd that mail hadn’t been pickup up in years?
What a city...


3 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:00 AM PST by GOPJ ("Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), always currying favor with the press...."(nailed) - William Bigelow)
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To: Dallas59

She didn’t receive mail? The postman never thought it odd that mail hadn’t been picked up up in years?
What a city...


4 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:24 AM PST by GOPJ ("Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), always currying favor with the press...."(nailed) - William Bigelow)
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To: Wolfie; zot; NYer

That is one way of putting it. Sad that no one noticed they never saw her.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:40 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Wolfie

Shame that she had no one to really miss her.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:47 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: Dallas59

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.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 7:04:52 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: rstrahan

The bank did.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 7:06:05 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Dallas59

Did the car still have gas in it? Do you supposed that she committed suicide?


9 posted on 03/07/2014 7:07:15 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dallas59

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.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 7:08:42 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: GOPJ
It is possible that she stopped her mail.

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.

11 posted on 03/07/2014 7:09:28 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Dallas59

Friends? Relatives? Co-workers?


12 posted on 03/07/2014 7:10:14 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: GreyFriar

A real-life Eleanor Rigby.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 7:11:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Dallas59

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.

Empty cultures.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 7:13:14 AM PST by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here, Pharaoh.)
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To: Dallas59

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.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 7:14:00 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Dallas59

The Local story.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3130445/posts

And no, its not Detroit. Its middle to upper middle class suburban northeast of Pontiac.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 7:14:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tenacious 1

If she still has a lot of money left,she will have some new found ‘friends’ now.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 7:18:27 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: 7thson

Probably early voted.......................


18 posted on 03/07/2014 7:19:58 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Dallas59
Despite years without a living owner, the house was never broken into, he said.

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?

19 posted on 03/07/2014 7:20:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: 7thson

It’s Michigan. Of COURSE she voted. And she voted democrat all the way.


20 posted on 03/07/2014 7:21:12 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: TurboZamboni

Sad but probably true...............and ‘lost’ relatives......................


21 posted on 03/07/2014 7:21:21 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Dallas59

2007 Jeep Liberty Sport; Low Miles; Garaged; Driven by a little, old lady. $14,590 obo


22 posted on 03/07/2014 7:22:24 AM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation. Rich Lowry)
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To: GOPJ

Maybe it was one of those mail slot in the door type of things.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 7:22:45 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Dallas59

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.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 7:22:56 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“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.


25 posted on 03/07/2014 7:24:14 AM PST by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


26 posted on 03/07/2014 7:24:22 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Tenacious 1

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.


27 posted on 03/07/2014 7:25:46 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
somewhat, morbidly funny.

28 posted on 03/07/2014 7:26:12 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: WayneS
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.

Well, she could have done that in her death throes.

29 posted on 03/07/2014 7:26:23 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tenacious 1

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.


30 posted on 03/07/2014 7:26:23 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

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.


31 posted on 03/07/2014 7:28:02 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Possibly. But it’d be tough to do from the back seat. And Carbon Monoxide victims usually just gently ‘fall asleep’, don’t they?


32 posted on 03/07/2014 7:28:17 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: cableguymn
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.

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.

33 posted on 03/07/2014 7:28:53 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Dallas59

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


34 posted on 03/07/2014 7:30:46 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Dallas59

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.


35 posted on 03/07/2014 7:31:30 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: Dallas59

suicide


36 posted on 03/07/2014 7:31:43 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: dfwgator

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.


37 posted on 03/07/2014 7:32:33 AM PST by Ditter
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To: dfwgator

Definitely.


38 posted on 03/07/2014 7:33:00 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: cripplecreek

if the house pictured passes for middle to upper middle class in Pontiac, I don’t want to see poor


39 posted on 03/07/2014 7:33:02 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Dallas59

A bank account on “auto-payment”? Isn’t that kind of dangerous?


40 posted on 03/07/2014 7:39:32 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Dallas59

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.


41 posted on 03/07/2014 7:42:54 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: cripplecreek

Pontiac is NOT an upper class suburb. It is a dump like Detroit only smaller. Run by Dems for just as long.


42 posted on 03/07/2014 7:52:43 AM PST by gibsonguy
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To: WayneS
And Carbon Monoxide victims usually just gently ‘fall asleep’, don’t they

Unless they have a rescued German Shepherd Dog who drags them out of bed! (reference to recent case)

43 posted on 03/07/2014 7:53:38 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rstrahan

It is the price you pay for being a loner.


44 posted on 03/07/2014 7:53:57 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: gibsonguy
Its not in Pontiac. Its in a fairly new subdivision NW of Pontiac

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45 posted on 03/07/2014 7:57:15 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 7thson

She’ll probably keep on voting....


46 posted on 03/07/2014 7:58:56 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: animal172

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.


47 posted on 03/07/2014 8:03:08 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Dallas59
The woman's mummified body was sitting in the backseat of her car, parked in the garage. The key was halfway in the ignition.

Has anyone talked to her chauffeur???

48 posted on 03/07/2014 8:03:43 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Dallas59; Wolfie
"Life after death, I suppose."

And as a registered democrat she voted faithfully the democrat ticket.

49 posted on 03/07/2014 8:09:29 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: skinkinthegrass

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! :-)


50 posted on 03/07/2014 8:12:43 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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