LA PINE, OR (KTVZ/CNN) – Neighbors living in a quiet neighborhood are still trying to process the news after a long-dead woman was found inside a home.
The sheriff’s office said medics responded to the home for a woman who had broken her arm when they noticed a strong odor coming from the house.
Detectives questioned the woman at the hospital.
“(She) basically admitted that her sister had died five months ago and was in the house, and she was relieved that this day was coming, had arrived,” said John Bocciolatt of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
“I don’t know if it was due to neglect. I know there is obviously a hoarding situation there,” Bocciolatt said. “I just don’t know what goes through a person’s head.”
He said investigators were on the scene collecting evidence over the weekend.
Investigators said the sister was scared to call authorities.
“She was…became fearful, didn’t know what to do and started drinking and just left her sister there,” Bocciolatt said.
A neighbor said he noticed a smell coming from the home but thought it was a dead animal.
He said the sister would never come out of the home.
“I knew she would take care of her sister, but I have never seen her sister. Not even once,” the neighbor said.
Investigators said there are no signs of foul play, but they are treating the death as suspicious.
“We want to make sure we are treating this as a homicide until proven differently,” Bocciolatt said.
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