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Mummified woman found at home in Argentina

Published on Mar 22, 2014 6:23 AM

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - The naturally mummified body of a woman was found at her Buenos Aires home by a neighbour who had not seen her for more than 10 years, police said on Friday.

Her remains, with skin tissue preserved by drying, were being studied to determine the time and circumstances of the death of Maria Cristina Fontana, who was born in 1953.

Fontana is believed to have died at age 51 of complications from an aneurysm that had been operated on in 1990, the coroner's office said.

The woman, who lived in the lower unit of a house split into apartments with separate entrances, was on medication and disabled, forensic data showed.

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