Mummified Body of Woman Discovered in Apartment by Bailiffs Five Years After Her Death

The mummified body of an elderly woman has been found in her apartment in France almost five years after her death.

The decomposed body was discovered by bailiffs sent by the landlord in the apartment in Courbevoie, just outside Paris, on Friday, Le Parisien reported.

The woman, who would have been 74 if she were alive today, had lived in the 4th floor apartment of the building on Rue Armand Silvestre since 1997, according to the newspaper.

According to the preliminary findings of an investigation by police in Courbevoie, the woman had been dead for almost five years.

As well as the "very advanced" stage of the body's decomposition, investigators have deduced this from the expiry dates of food in the woman's refrigerator as well as the dates on unopened bills and flyers which have piled up in the woman's mailbox, the newspaper reported.

The building's concierge, identified as only Elodie, said the oldest letters found in the woman's mailbox date back to 2015.

According to Le Dauphiné libéré, the concierge, who took over looking after the 87-unit building in 2014, had never even met the tenant as the rent was paid by an automatic bank transfer.

She assumed that the apartment was now unoccupied as no one answered knocks on the door or responded to letters.

But the concierge does recall a "foul odor" that spread into the public areas of the building around four years ago, according to Le Parisien.

However, the concierge said she had assumed the stench was coming from the garbage chute in the building as that had been the case on some prior occasions.

A neighbor told the newspaper that the woman never received visitors. She had no friends and appeared to have cut ties with her remaining relatives, according to the neighbor.

The concierge added that she is struggling to come to terms with the grim discovery.

She added that she would have done something for the woman if she had known she was there.

"When you think that no one has cared for this poor woman's fate for all these years...," she told Le Parisien. "She died alone, in total indifference. It's just awful."

She added: "If I had known that this poor woman was there, I would have offered her a hand, I would have tried to help her."

Stock photo: Traffic in Courbevoie, France. The mummified body of an elderly woman was found in her apartment in Courbevoie, France. Getty