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Michigan Woman Dead for Six Years Found Only After Money Runs Out
Yahoo! News ^ | March 7, 2014 | Jon Herskovitz

Posted on 03/10/2014 6:35:45 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Michigan woman dead for six years found only after money runs out

For six years the bills were paid, the grass was cut and no one noticed the body of the dead woman sitting in the back seat of a car in a garage of a residential Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood.

Her mummified body was finally found this week by someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account and the mortgage payments stopped, police said on Friday.

"It is kind of the perfect storm for a mysterious set of circumstance and a challenge because of the extreme degradation of the body," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a telephone interview.

The woman has not yet been positively identified, but it is thought she is a person who stopped working in 2008 and had set up all of her bills to be paid automatically from her bank account.

She is also thought to have worked as a contractor in the financial department for a major automobile company.

A neighbor cut her lawn, her mail was sent to the post office and there was no family living nearby, Bouchard said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2008; alone; death; deathandtaxes; michigan; mummification; pontiac; weird
Apparently, sometimes a person may not be considered dead until there is no more money.
1 posted on 03/10/2014 6:35:45 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More coverage ...

“How did a Pontiac woman’s body go undetected for 6 years?”

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/03/how_did_a_pontiac_womans_body.html

FaceBook page created by a relative ...

Mummified in Michigan

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mummified-in-Michigan/746431972033608


2 posted on 03/10/2014 6:37:55 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Did anyone deposit any of her government checks, pension checks or unemployment?


3 posted on 03/10/2014 6:39:13 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: DogByte6RER

Always sad to read these stories -— not because they died but because they were so alone that no one noticed.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 6:39:35 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: DogByte6RER
She had no one in the world who cared for her.
Very sad.
5 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:11 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m surprised the IRS didn’t find her before anybody else.


6 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:32 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: DogByte6RER

Nah —I remember one London, England case from 3 years ago where the stiff was in there for OVER TWENTY YEARS..!!

:O

The mail-slot was up high, and the pile still hadn’t reached that high.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:46 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: DogByte6RER

Faithful Democrat voter for six years!


8 posted on 03/10/2014 6:41:55 PM PDT by Bob Mc
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To: DogByte6RER

A good reason not to sign up for automatic bill pay.


9 posted on 03/10/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: 2banana

“Did anyone deposit any of her government checks, pension checks or unemployment?”

Maybe she had those directly deposited into the same account mentioned here.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 6:43:08 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: DogByte6RER

Anyone think that they should pull the voting records for her district and see if she has been ‘waking up’ to do her civic duty??


11 posted on 03/10/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (Your opinion: It's all yours....don't expect me to listen to it, or even acknowledge it..)
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To: DogByte6RER

a neighbor cut her lawn for the six years that she’s been dead?


12 posted on 03/10/2014 6:44:25 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: dennisw
Maybe she had those directly deposited into the same account mentioned here.

True - how about filing taxes?

Five years of not paying property taxes and no sheriff knocked on the door?

13 posted on 03/10/2014 6:44:33 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana
They were probably all direct deposit. The government has had that for many years.
14 posted on 03/10/2014 6:49:17 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DogByte6RER
Related to this German fellow?

Dead German found sitting at home, five years later

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2680381/posts?page=71

15 posted on 03/10/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: 2banana
Property taxes are commonly paid out of escrow collected by the mortgage holder.
16 posted on 03/10/2014 6:50:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: dennisw
It reminds me of when Rod Taylor disappeared in the Time Machine, and his friend Alan Young kept paying the bills.

This woman sitting there is like Rod Taylor unseen in the time machine in his house.

17 posted on 03/10/2014 6:52:02 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 2banana

Mine is paid via an escrow account attached to my mortgage- as long as I pay my mortgage, I’m paying My property taxes too. As well as my homeowners insurance.

CC


18 posted on 03/10/2014 6:52:37 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I bet she had an impressive stack of junk mail at the PO. I wonder if they needed to lease a storage unit for it?


19 posted on 03/10/2014 6:52:56 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: unixfox

See Post #8 for your answer.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 6:57:03 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: nascarnation

If I lived in the sticks I would sign up for everything to get as much junk mail as possible. To burn in my wood stove


21 posted on 03/10/2014 6:58:56 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: nascarnation

They keep crap for about two weeks, then dump it in a bin as undeliverable, then dump that bin after a month, IIRC.


22 posted on 03/10/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: posterchild
A good reason not to sign up for automatic bill pay.

Yeah, we should all write checks and lick stamps and dump them in a mailbox where it could get lost by overpaid union thugs.

I swear, FR is turning into a bunch of Luddites when it comes to online transactions and banking.

23 posted on 03/10/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: dennisw

We receive about a cubic foot per week without even trying to get any.
I have an old plastic milk crate that I use to accumulate my recycling and it’s at least that much every week.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Nonsense. I’m happy to pay all my bills online and have for at least a decade. I haven’t had a brick and mortar bank since 1995.

I do not, however, wish to have AUTOMATIC bill pay where just because some vendor claims I owe X therefore X is deducted from my acct. I like to screen the bills before I click ‘pay.’


25 posted on 03/10/2014 7:08:43 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: DogByte6RER

Well she is one of the lucky ones
she has not had to endure the Obama dictatorship


26 posted on 03/10/2014 7:23:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Are you licking stamps right now?


27 posted on 03/10/2014 7:24:12 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: latina4dubya

maybe someone was skiming her dead benfits


28 posted on 03/10/2014 7:24:41 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: DogByte6RER
someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account...

As I noted on a previous thread on the subject, this is proof again of the old saying: "If you think nobody cares about you, just miss a couple car payments."

29 posted on 03/10/2014 7:37:31 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: posterchild
OK, I misread your post. I don't use auto-pay on any of my bills either. I prefer to pay online on my terms.
30 posted on 03/10/2014 7:38:24 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: nascarnation

All that junk mail could probably be converted into dura-flame logs...just need the right equipment


31 posted on 03/10/2014 7:41:19 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 2banana
Did anyone deposit any of her government checks, pension checks or unemployment?

She was not collecting any of the above.

32 posted on 03/10/2014 7:44:24 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: DogByte6RER

Makes no sense that she was in the back seat and just so happened to have quit working at the same time. Either she committed suicide or she was murdered.


33 posted on 03/10/2014 7:49:47 PM PDT by bgill
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To: rhinohunter; cloudmountain
Always sad to read these stories - not because they died but because they were so alone that no one noticed.

One could muse on things about their particular story. Yes, at one time they were vibrant and young. All of us must come to a final reckoning and what we find is this. That such and such person died surrounded by family and friends.

Ok, yes, this is a bit preachy but reading about this makes me determined to do what little possible. I like to listen to anybody down at the local coffee shop who seems alone and sort of find out what they have to say.

There are support groups out there if only a person can be appraised of them. Sure, some people may want it that way- to be alone.

They are few and far between. The human being is a social being. Excuse this ramble.

34 posted on 03/10/2014 7:57:31 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: DogByte6RER
Looks like Obama Care worked for her.
35 posted on 03/10/2014 8:03:04 PM PDT by 20yearvet (they yell for more tests as long as its your money)
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To: 2banana
Five years of not paying property taxes and no sheriff knocked on the door?

She had a mortgage which was auto-pay linked to a bank account. The property taxes were probably paid through an escrow account funded by the monthly payments, so the taxes (and homeowners' insurance, probably) stayed current until the bank account ran dry.

36 posted on 03/10/2014 8:03:59 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: DogByte6RER

obama’s fault that her savings ran out when the economy tanked.


37 posted on 03/10/2014 8:04:12 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: 2banana

Apparently she had enough money saved in her account to keep her going for 6 years beyond the date she expired.


38 posted on 03/10/2014 8:37:38 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: unixfox

I’m surprised the IRS didn’t find her before anybody else.
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Might’ve been an Obama voter. IRS has no interest.


39 posted on 03/10/2014 9:16:53 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: DogByte6RER

I am impressed that no plumbing, heating or electrical issues arose for six years.


40 posted on 03/10/2014 9:58:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: DogByte6RER

>> Apparently, sometimes a person may not be considered dead until there is no more money.

And they ain’t dead as long as they vote.


41 posted on 03/10/2014 10:00:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: TigersEye
I am impressed that no plumbing, heating or electrical issues arose for six years.

Must have been a great home. Two nights ago I'm sitting in my dining room and heard a loud bang followed by the sound of water running. A water pipe burst under my deck. Lucky I was home to shut the water off. Last year I was away from the house for 30 minutes, and came back to find water rushing down my driveway - a water heater hot water pipe burst, sprayed through the garage sheetrock and was about to penetrate through the living room sheetrock. Good thing I caught it in time. These things happen to regular people.

42 posted on 03/10/2014 11:19:41 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Peter Libra
I agree with you 100%.
My husband always said that people need to talk about their day when they get home. Some ought to listen.

If one's family is gone, there are always friends.

SOMEONE has to hear the 'ramblings." More often than not they reflect our own "ramblings." You listen down at the local coffee shot. Good on you! God will bless you.

43 posted on 03/11/2014 6:08:29 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: dennisw

Yeah I burn nat gas and have a small well insulated home but if somebody wanted to, I suspect they could generate enough free catalogs to make some serious heat. Despite the age of the internet, we get an astounding number of catalogs, most of which are women’s clothing and similar.


44 posted on 03/11/2014 6:42:44 AM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Somebody was cutting the grass for 6 years without remuneration.

Who was it and why would he do it???


45 posted on 03/11/2014 9:12:07 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: roadcat
These things happen to regular alive people. LOL

I just had the plumber here to replace a zone valve in the heating system. It was beginning to leak so sooner or later it would have blown completely and ... water running down the driveway. I don't know what the boiler would have done. Run continuously filling the garage with steam!?!

46 posted on 03/11/2014 1:04:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye
I don't know. Sh*t happens when you least expect it. I had installed a high-priced flexible pipe to the hot water outlet of the water heater, flexible steel braided over thick rubber with special gaskets to prevent corrosion. Didn't last but a couple years before it burst through the rubber and steel braid. I bought a stronger all steel coiled pipe this time. A whole section of sheetrock in the garage turned to mush and the hot spray was about to penetrate the other side sheetrock into the living room, would have ruined my hardwood floors, not to mention the furniture. Good for you being proactive after finding a leak.

Regarding people living alone: one of my good friends had an agreement with a neighbor. If the neighbor woman saw the blinds open in his living room, all was well. If not, then something was wrong. Likewise with her. After not seeing his blinds open, she called the cops. They went in his house and found him dead of a heart attack, sitting on his sofa from the prior night. This happened two years ago and I miss him. 62 years old.

47 posted on 03/11/2014 7:39:33 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: roadcat
Sorry about your neighbor. That was a good arrangement though.

re the OP story. I heard today that the woman took frequent trips so people didn't think much of a lack of activity there. However she seems to have voted in two elections after she was dead. Makes me wonder who would vote using her name and voter registration unless they knew she was dead? The report also said they hadn't positively identified the body as hers yet. Hmmm

48 posted on 03/11/2014 8:10:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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