Swedish woman kept corpse in living room

Dec. 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A 52-year-old woman was arrested in Sweden for keeping a decomposing body on her couch for several months, authorities said.

Neighbors believe the woman to be mentally ill. "She can't really take care of herself," one neighbor told The Local. "Sometimes she puts on the war paint and then you know she is really bad. Then I tend to make a call, so she gets brought in and gets help."

The dead body was that of a 67-year-old man, reported missing in September, the newspaper said. The woman was contacted early on in the investigation because she was an acquaintance of the man, however she denied knowing anything about his disappearance. When she was contacted for a second round of questioning, police found the man's body in an advanced state of decay in the woman's living room.

She was arrested, but released after the preliminary results of an autopsy came in. The woman is not believed to be responsible for the man's death. "This is probably not a murder," said Lars Lundin of the South Stockholm police. "The woman is sick and it is just very tragic."

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