Grim Discovery By Police was Accidental
The decomposed body of a 70-year-old Italian woman was found sitting at her table — more than two years after she died, police said.
Police made the grim discovery after going to Marinella Beretta’s home in Prestino, near Lake Como in northern Italy, Agence France-Presse reported.
They were carrying out a house call to warn Beretta that high winds forecast for the region could potentially uproot neglected trees in her back garden.
Neighbors Assumed She Moved Away
Neighbors said they last saw the elderly woman in September 2019 — and assumed she had moved away at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on the level of decay, investigators estimated she had been dead for more than two years.
Police said they found nothing at the scene to indicate foul play.
No Surviving Relatives
Beretta has no surviving relatives, according to authorities.
“The forgotten loneliness, hurts our consciences. We have a duty, as a community that wants to remain united, to remember her life … no one must be left alone.”Italy’s minister for families, Elena Bonetti
The funeral and and associated burial costs will be covered by the local council where Beretta lived.