Mummified corpse of woman discovered in Madrid bathroom 15 years after she died

Police have discovered the mummified corpse of a 78-year-old woman in the bathroom of her Madrid apartment where she is thought to have died of natural causes at least 15 years ago.

Mummified corpse of woman discovered in Madrid bathroom 15 years after she died
The Madrid aparment block where the woman was found. Photo: Google Maps.

The woman, who was named locally as Isabel Rivera was last seen alive in September 2004, according to neighbours in the apartment block in Ciudad Lineal district of Madrid.

On Tuesday, police finally gained access to the woman’s home with the help of fireman who entered her apartment via a second floor window.

Neighbours said that years ago they had reported “a strong smell” emanating from the property but their complaints to police hadn’t been followed up.

The woman was reportedly a widow who had no children and lived alone and was estranged from her sisters.

But it was a niece who finally contacted police to ask for help locating her and that led to the discovery of her corpse.

Reports suggest that rather than decompose, the conditions of the bathroom where she was found had caused her body to be conserved.

Initial investigations suggest that she had died from natural causes.

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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.