Woman's body found only after $54k bank account runs dry
A WOMAN'S body that was degrading in the back of a car for over half a decade has been found lying in a garage in the US neighbourhood of Pontiac, Michigan.
As her bills were paid by direct debit, her mail sent to the post office, and her grass regularly cut by a neighbour for six years, the woman's remains were only discovered in the Jeep Liberty after her bank account ran out of funds and someone was sent to check why mortgage payments had stopped.
The woman has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be 49-year-old Pia Davida Farrenkopf, the last owner of the house.
She was found clothed in a heavy jacket and jeans, which led investigators to suspect that she died in the winter, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The key was in the ignition, but switched to the off mode, according to Undersheriff Mike McCabe.
The death is being treated as a homicide at this time, and police say suicide by carbon monoxide is the likely cause.
Medical examiners hopes to find dental records to formally identify the corpse.
It is thought that the woman stopped working as a contractor in the financial department of the Chrysler car firm in 2008, when set up direct debit payments from her bank which at one time contained $54,000.