A woman and her daughter lived with mother's body for nearly a year in Istán

The village of Istán in a file photo.
The village of Istán in a file photo. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • It is thought that the British woman died in March last year

Guardia Civil officers have found the body of a British woman, who apparently died nearly a year ago, hidden in the home of her daughter and granddaughter in Istán.

The body, reduced to a mummified skeleton, was found late last Friday night after the dead woman's former son-in-law learned of the situation and encouraged his teenage daughter to go to the police.

The adolescent and her mother had apparently been living in the house with the body hidden under a mattress in a spare room since she died.

Sources told SUR that officers found the house in a dirty and untidy condition, especially the room where the body was found.

The woman was born in 1946 in the UK. Her body showed no initial signs of violence however a post mortem examination was due to be carried out to establish the cause and date of death.

Her daughter allegedly told officers that she had died the day after British Mother's Day, which fell last year on 11 March.

Neighbours said that last summer there had been complaints about the smell coming from the house, although they had put it down to the family's pets. When a neighbour asked the woman's daughter about her mother, she had apparently told her that she had died.

An investigation is now open. One line of inquiry is that the woman kept her mother's body in her house for financial reasons - either to keep drawing her pension or because she couldn't pay for the funeral - although other possibilities have not been ruled out.