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'Skeleton woman' dead in front of TV for years

alexd

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'Skeleton woman' dead in front of TV for years

(Filed: 13/04/2006 Telegraph UK)

A woman's skeleton was discovered in her flat three years after she is believed to have died, it emerged today.

Joyce Vincent was surrounded by Christmas presents and the television and heating in her bedsit were still on.

The 40-year-old's body was so decomposed that the only way to identify her was to compare dental records with a holiday photograph.

Police believe she probably died of natural causes in early 2003, and was only found in January this year when housing association officials broke into the bedsit in Wood Green, North East London.

They were hoping to recover the thousands of pounds of rent arrears that had piled up since her death.

Details of the case emerged during an inquest at Hornsey Coroner's Court, which was attended by relatives including Ms Vincent's sisters.

A spokesman for the coroner said today that Ms Vincent had apparently been a placed in the women's refuge accommodation as a victim of domestic violence.

When representatives from the Metropolitan Housing Trust arrived at the flat on Jan 25 they drilled the door open and discovered stacks of unopened post.

Some mail was marked February 2003, and medication and food had February 2003 expiry dates, the spokesman said.

Ms Vincent was found lying on her back on the floor of the living room, which also doubled as a bedroom.

Dr Simon Poole, a pathologist, told the inquest he had been unable to establish the cause of death because the remains were "largely skeletal", but police do not regard the circumstances as suspicious.

The coroner recorded an open verdict.
 
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dtox

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good thing to know she was well loved
damn, I hope when I die someone at least notices....sad I say.
 

Krzysiu

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freakiest part: when they turned the television of, her thumb bone moved and flicked back on again! truth!!
 
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Kiera

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Um how did her neighbours not notice
a) the smell of her rotting corpse
b) her complete absense for 3 years

and for that matter who paid her electricty bill for 3 years. Thats all kinds of fucked up
 

Bass-Invader

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Kiera said:
Um how did her neighbours not notice
a) smell her rotting corpse
b) notice her complete absense for 3 years

and for that matter who paid her electricty bill for 3 years. Thats all kinds of fucked up

could be direct withdrawl from an account with lots of savings
 

solacevip

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I'll bet you she was watching "The Price is Right"......or at least died right before the Showcase Showdown.
 
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Kiera

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I used to love the showcase showdown as a kid I always wanted to watch it but my sis would turn it away. Controlling older sisters suck!
 

alexd

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alexd said:
'Skeleton woman' dead in front of TV for years

(Filed: 13/04/2006 Telegraph UK)

The 40-year-old's body was so decomposed that the only way to identify her was to compare dental records with a holiday photograph.


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Lovely N Amazin

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alexd said:
A spokesman for the coroner said today that Ms Vincent had apparently been a placed in the women's refuge accommodation as a victim of domestic violence.

glad to know those victims are taken care of =/
 

dig this

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Kiera said:
Um how did her neighbours not notice
a) the smell of her rotting corpse
b) her complete absense for 3 years

and for that matter who paid her electricty bill for 3 years. Thats all kinds of fucked up

c) what make is that TV!!!

damn... 3 years and still on... that's quality!
 
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freshest1

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read a simular story of a londoner that had his rent taken directly from his bank account.. no one noticed for years until the rent stopped comming in.
 
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