A tragic, bizarre story out of Pontiac, Michigan continues to raise questions. A person found mummified in a garage is believed to be Pia Farrenkopf, whose death went unnoticed for YEARS as a result of her asking her mail carrier not to drop mail off at the home, having a neighbor mow her lawn, bills automatically being paid from a bank account, and neighbors thinking she moved or was traveling.
In fact, the woman -- whose body hasn't been officially positively identified yet -- was thought to have died in 2008. And now, the mystery has gotten even stranger, because voting records in Oakland County show Farrenkopf is shown as voting in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. How does someone presumed dead for two years -- actually mummified -- vote?!
Apparently, Pontiac city records indicate Farrenkopf registered to vote in 2006 and had not voted until 2010, but officials reportedly point out that could have been an administrative error and she may not have actually cast a vote. That HAS to be the explanation, right?
Not only is it troubling to think that such an error could be made (especially considering how close elections can be these days!), but the whole idea of a woman being long dead before anyone took notice is simply heartbreaking. Although family members are supposedly getting involved with the case now -- her sister has provided DNA to investigators, who are still still trying to find dental records for comparison, and a woman who claims to be Farrenkopf's niece and godchild has created a Facebook page for her, stating that she believes her death was a murder -- few, if any, questions were asked 'til now. And that's the most haunting part of all.
What's your reaction to this mysterious tragedy?
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