A released prisoner came home to a shock discovery when he found his wife dead, with her body in such an advanced state of decay, it was mummified.

Eduardo R, had not heard from his wife Angeles Fernandez for nearly two years before finding her The Daily Mail reports.

Although neighbours in Ciempozuelos, near Madrid had complained numerous times about the smell coming from the flat a judge had refused to allow anyone into the premises due to a number of previous complaints about the woman’s hygiene.

Her husband first alerted authorities that he had not heard anything from her for a year back in September 2011.

"The lack of hygiene of Angeles Fernandez, on the last occasions that she was seen, was evident and so it was not ruled out that these smells were produced by lack of hygiene inside the home," local authorities said.

It was not until her husband, on leave from prison, arrived at their home last week and found the body on the bed after knocking down the door.

An autopsy will be carried out on the mummified body to establish cause of death.

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