Woman's body found in garage of her foreclosed home in Pontiac years after her death

PONTIAC, MI - The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy has been performed on the body of the woman that was found in the back seat of her Jeep years after her death.

The Oakland County medical examiner told deputies that there was no trauma to the body and that a cause of death is still pending. 

It’s been years since anyone living on Savanna Drive in Pontiac saw their neighbor.

"It’s been about three years since any activity has been at that house," said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. 

"When’s the last time anyone has seen her? About six years ago," said another neighbor, Caitlyn Talbot. 

Caitlyn said everyone thought the owner moved.

But on Wednesday, neighbors found out the owner has been right there the whole time, inside the garage, dead in the backseat of her Jeep.

Deputies believe the woman was 49 years old. 

"Nobody came over there to check on the lady. It’s weird. And it’s actually scary,” said the neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. 

Neighbors say the woman was in her 40s, from Germany, and worked for one of the Big Three automakers.

"You’d think because of her job, and we heard she had a son, so you’d think someone would’ve come looking for her," said Caitlyn. 

But nobody came looking. She traveled a lot for work, so no one thought anything was weird when they didn’t see her.

"She was probably there for a couple of days, then she’d leave for a week, then she’d come back. Then she’d leave for a month and come back," said Caitlyn. 

Caitlyn says the home is going into foreclosure and it was a contractor working on the house who found her dead.

"She didn’t really talk to anyone. I’m sure she was a nice lady. She really kept to herself. We never really heard anything from her," said Caitlyn. 

The owner has been dead for so many years that our sources say her body was mummified. Deputies say her license plates expired in 2008. 

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says her home has what appears to be black mold and detectives were going into the house with hazard suits. 

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