The body of a woman has been discovered in Spain, five years after she died.
Workmen spotted the skeletal remains of the woman, named as Pilar M, on Monday morning while they were carrying out work on the outside of her apartment building in the centre of Cádiz, southern Spain.
"Some workers who were renovating the exterior of the building noticed an open window and discovered the lifeless body of a woman," police sources confirmed.
They called the fire brigade which managed to access the apartment at around 10am on Monday and discovered the woman's body, surrounded by birds who had got into the room through the half-open window.
A specialist team from Spain's Scientific Police Brigade confirmed that the body was that of Pilar M, who was born in Cádiz in 1961.
They also confirmed that no one had reported the woman missing and that she had left her job as a nurse in 2010 because of "psychological problems".
She lived in the flat inherited from her parents, who had died some time ago, and was an only child. She had no close family except for "a couple of cousins who did not live in Cádiz" confirmed Spanish daily El Mundo.
The body showed no sign of violence, but police said due to the advanced decomposition of the body they were waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The apartment building had no other residents except for an office on the first floor.
Water and electricity companies had sent her notices alerting her of defaulted bills, and finally cut the supplies after not hearing from their client.