Home EUROPEAN UNION Netherlands Mystery surrounds death of elderly woman who lay dead in bed for...

Mystery surrounds death of elderly woman who lay dead in bed for three years

Dutch News brings daily news from The Netherlands in English

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Police and other officials in Rotterdam are investigating why a 72-year-old woman lay dead in her bedroom for several years with no-one noticing her disappearance.

Elly Leeflang’s body was found on April 28 after she was reported missing in March. She is thought to have been dead for three years.

According to the AD, a friend of Elly’s told neighbours that she was in a clinic elsewhere in the Netherlands because she had lung problems. The man took care of her plants and dealt with her post, but never reported her death.

He himself died in February and, the paper said, one neighbour then discovered that Elly was not in the clinic where she was said to be living and reported her missing.

The AD says little was left of her body when undertakers came to remove it from the first floor flat in the east of Rotterdam at the end of last month.

No-one in the neighbourhood reported strange smells and, officials told the paper, her body may have dried out rather than decomposed, particularly if the room was cool and dry.

The AD says police and housing corporation officials were actually in the home a week before the body was discovered, but were not allowed to carry out a search by the public prosecution department.

The body was found in bed a week later by a sniffer dog.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.