Woman Found Dead In Front Of Her TV

January 11th, 2006 // 4 Comments

ordinarypeopleThe clincher. She was found 2 1/2 years after her death.

The mummified body of a woman who didn’t want to be buried was found in a chair in front of her television set 2 1/2 years after her death, authorities said.

Johannas Pope had told her live-in caregiver that she didn’t want to be buried and planned on returning after she died, Hamilton County Coroner O’Dell Owens said Monday.

Pope died in August 2003 at age 61. Her body was found last week in the upstairs of her home on a quiet street. Some family members continued to live downstairs, authorities said. No one answered the doorbell at Pope’s home Monday afternoon.

It could take weeks to determine Pope’s cause of death because little organ tissue was available for testing, Owens said.

An air conditioner had been left running upstairs, and that allowed the body to slowly mummify, he said. The machine apparently stopped working about a month ago, and the body began to smell. “Standing outside, one could smell death,” Owens said.

Police went to the house last Wednesday after receiving a call from a relative who hadn’t seen Pope in years. They found a staircase behind a door blocked by a basket and climbed to the second floor, where they found the body. It was not clear if any crimes were committed, Owens said.

Woman Who Died in ’03 Left in Front of TV [AP]

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. Tabitha

    um ya. If your neighbor or family member just STOPPED talking to you or seeing you….wouldnt you be suspicious and call the police or go check it out? It took 2 YEARS?!??!?
    “oh, I hadnt heard from her in 2 years”…
    yea.
    thanks for CARING!!!

  2. timmons622

    She must have just seen a news piece announcing the re-make of “Herbie the Love Bug.”

  3. bestdress

    If I didn’t hear from a family member in 2 1/2 years I wouldn’t say nothing to anyone I would be very happy! Just because I care. lol

  4. Mike

    “An air conditioner had been left running upstairs, and that allowed the body to slowly mummify, he said. The machine apparently stopped working about a month ago, and the body began to smell.” That Electric Company is soooo goood, they allow that machine to run over 2 Years and they never cut the electricity. Who’ll pay for that Bill.

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