Police discover preserved body lying next to religious symbols in squalid Russian apartment.
In a shocking case, a woman was found living with the mummified body of her mother in a squalid apartment in Ukraine.
Police believe the 77-year-old woman had kept the remains of her deceased mother for at least 30 years in a flat strewn with rubbish including stacks of newspapers.
Officers found the body lying on a sofa next to religious iconography after being called to the address in the city of Mykolaiv by concerned neighbours.
The police discovered the body dressed in a white dress and head covering, with blue shoes and green socks.
Her daughter - now an elderly woman herself - was found alive but paralysed in both legs. and was discovered lying on the floor in urgent need of assistance.
There was no water, gas or electricity supply in her flat.
According to a police report, “In order to rescue the 77-year-old woman, officers called the rescue service which helped to break into the flat. In one room on the floor was sitting a woman surrounded by rubbish. The pensioner could not walk and needed urgent help. An ambulance was called for her.”
Police checked the other rooms and found a mummified body of a woman.
The report went on, 'The woman pensioner lived alone, and did not communicate with her neighbours. She never opened her front door. Despite this, neighbours tried to take care of her and left food for her on the doorstep.”
Nobody guessed that the woman was living with a dead body of her mother.