A mummified body was found inside a San Francisco home on Saturday – a discovery that has shocked the entire neighborhood of Inner Richmond.
The body, believed to be that of a woman in her 90s who died about five years ago, was buried under mounds of garbage covered in a blanket.
“I’m hearing that there were rats, spiders, dog feces and trash just everywhere, in some cases piled to the ceiling,” Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The police captains I’ve spoken with tell me this is the worst case of hoarding they have ever seen.”
Firefighters who moved the corpse said the house was so full of trash that they had to wear oxygen masks. Investigators also found 300 bottles of urine.
The 65-year-old daughter of the deceased woman, who lived in the upper portion home, apparently knew about the body, but didn’t say anything until this month and no one knows why. She is currently receiving medical treatment at a local hospital, according to Victor Lim, a legislative aide to Mar.
“I’m saddened that she couldn’t let her mother go,” neighbor and friend Sharon Scott Kish told CBS San Francisco. “I saw her three days ago and I asked her, ‘Is your mother still with us?’ And she said ‘yes.’ Delusional. She was with her. She was, she was still with her.”
The city attorney's office is investigating the case to confirm the identification of the body and determine the time, cause and manner of death.