An elderly woman's skeletal remains were found in her home. Police believed she died in 2003. No one, not even her closest neighbour realized that she had died in her upstairs room. Everyone thought she had left, and that the house was abandoned.
Her death and absence went unnoticed. She had no living relative other than a sister-in-law with whom relations were estranged.
Here's the report:
A FAMILY falling out is believed to have led to an elderly woman's body lying undiscovered for eight years at her home in inner Sydney.
Authorities are trying to determine how Natalie Wood died and how her remains lay undisturbed for so long in a busy inner-city suburb.
Officers visited the home after Ms Wood's sister-in-law had not been able to contact her. It is understood she had tried to get in contact to pass on some family news, but failing that, she called police.
It had been eight years since they had spoken, due to a family dispute.
Police found the skeletal remains on the floor in an upstairs bedroom of the Kippax St, Surry Hills home yesterday at noon. The death is not believed to have been suspicious.
Ms Wood would have turned 87 in August.
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