The neighbors of the elderly, who died 9 years ago and whose body was only found last Tuesday in her house, ensure they never felt bad smells to denounce the death of the octogenarian, who resided in Sintra, Portugal..
In Amoreiras everybody was talking about the death of their neighbour who was reported missing nine years ago and that only on Tuesday was found by the police, called to the scene at the request of a new owner who purchased the property at auction carried out by finance service.
Aida Martinez, 82, said she had already reported the disappearance of the elderly neighbour twice, back in 2002.
“She rarely got to the street and I began to wonder why her mailbox was full. The national guard came here and never wanted to break the door,” said the resident of the first floor of the building.
Aida Martins said to have been near the door of the elderly for several times over the years to try to detect “bad smells” to denounce the death of her neighbour.
“Bad smell was never felt because the balcony of the kitchen was open. And we never heard noises from the dog found dead next to her,” she said.
Another neighbour, Lurdes Marques, confirmed that has never detected odours in the building, but has also noticed the absence of the neighbour who rarely left home.
Luis Pimentel, the commander of the fire department called to the site, said that the elderly woman was found in the kitchen, next to a skeleton of a dog: “The body was lying face down. There was no smell and no one ever said anything.”
A police source said authority was called to open the door of the apartment where the elderly would be found.
“We went there as part of a process of finances. This allowed us to break the door and we came across a decomposing body, almost skeleton,” he said.
This source said that “an initial analysis showed that the body had been for several years” in the apartment’s kitchen.
One of the relatives of the elderly that died in 2002, assured today that he has repeatedly requested the prosecutor for an authorization to break the door and get into the apartment.
“In 2002 I reported to the police and the court of Sintra the disappearance of my aunt. Over the years I often contacted the prosecutor and they told me that if she was dead the smell was noted and so they did not break down the door”, said Armando Martinho Gaspar, nephew of the elder.
The nephew, already in his 70s, who never attempted to force entry into the house by himself, says that even “last week” he went to court to try “one more time” to get more information on the disappearance of his relative, but had the same answer: “It does not smell bad, so…”