An elderly woman’s partially eaten body was discovered in her faeces-ridden apartment.
Spanish media reports the Colombian woman, 79-year-old Clara Inés Tobón, was found by police last week after her neighbours in Madrid complained of a foul smell.
It is believed the woman may have been dead for months and police said her body had been eaten “from the waist up” by her seven cats, El Mundo reported.
Police suggest Ms Tobón died from natural causes and an autopsy is being carried out to determine the cause of death. Neighbours told El Mundo she had been sick since last year and they suspected she may have been infected by Covid.
After a while, neighbours stopped seeing Ms Tobón around the building.
They said she used to feed stray cats in the street and collect fruit from market vendors.
Neighbours rang her doorbell and called Clara’s phone, but no one answered, the publication said.
Five of her cats were dead
One friend even went to a nearby by hospital to see if she had been admitted, but they said the 79-year-old wasn’t there.
It was not until a foul stench began to come from her unit and flies accumulated that police were alerted.
"Sometimes it smelled bad from the cats and the boxes of food that came up, but this time there was a very strong stench," one resident told El Mundo.
Officers broke into the apartment through a window and discovered the gruesome scene.
Five of the seven cats were also found dead and large bags of garbage and cat poo were stacked inside, police said.
"A national police officer told us that it was the worst thing he had seen since he worked," a neighbour said.
While it appears Ms Tobón died of natural causes, an autopsy will be conducted on her and the dead cats.
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