An old woman was found dead in her flat in Dorset six years after she died.
The woman, named locally as Anne Leitrim, lived in Tolpuddle Gardens in the Muscliff area of Bournemouth.
A bailiff, estate agent and two locksmiths broke into the ground floor flat on Tuesday and discovered the remains.
Dorset Police said the body was believed to be that of a woman in her seventies but said it was not treating the death as suspicious.
Neighbour John Stanley said: “It’s horrifying that, after that amount of time, why hadn’t anybody noticed it?
“Because we thought she moved out. She owned a car – the car disappeared – so we automatically thought the lady’s moved out and that was it.”