Body of woman found in Cork house may have been there for up to three years – The Irish Times

Gardaí believe a woman whose badly decomposed body was found in a house in Cork city on Tuesday afternoon may have been dead for up to three years.

The body was found in a back room on the ground floor of Brookfield Lawn, near Lough, on the south side of the town, at around 3.30pm.

It is understood a pest control company was called to deal with a problem at a nearby property and the problem was traced to the house where the woman lived alone. They managed to enter the property with the help of Cork City Fire Brigade and notified gardaí, who immediately cordoned off the property and launched an investigation.

Gardaí were satisfied there was nothing suspicious about the woman’s death but the body remained at the scene on Tuesday night awaiting the arrival of a state pathologist. Door-to-door investigations in the quiet urbanization have so far established that the woman was last seen in 2021.

Gardaí say they will require dental records to formally identify the woman, but believe she was in her 50s and living alone following the death of her husband a few years ago. They will examine the woman’s phone and bank records to try to establish when she last phoned or texted someone or withdrew money.

They also say they will examine any unopened mail or other documents in the house, as well as food for expiration dates to try to establish when the woman may have died.

Gardaí believe the woman, who was very reclusive, may have a sister and two brothers and are currently trying to locate them to inform them of the tragedy.

A file will be prepared for an investigation once gardaí have received the results of the autopsy which is expected to take place on Wednesday.

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