Woman Keeps Up Mortgage Years After Death

They say nothing in life is certain but death and taxes, though it may be time to add mortgage payments to that list. A woman’s “mummified” body was recently discovered by a contractor in a garage of a foreclosed home in Pontiac, Mich. It seems the woman’s death went unnoticed for years partially because she stayed current on her mortgage each month until recently. The woman had automatic payments coming from her bank account each month to cover her mortgage. But police say that the woman, who was in her 40s, likely died back in 2008.

“She had $54,000 in her account and her bills were being deducted,” says Undersheriff Mike McCabe. “Eventually the money ran out and her house went into foreclosure.”

Neighbors had believed the woman moved out of the country and they say they hadn’t seen her for years. Neighbors had begun complaining about the condition of the home, however, due to a hole in the roof from which raccoons were entering. Once the home fell into foreclosure, contractors were called out to the home to assess repairs. That was when one contractor discovered the woman, dead in the backseat of a Jeep in the garage.

Source: “‘Mummified’ Body Found in Garage of Foreclosed House,” USA Today (March 6, 2014)

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