A woman who called to check on her estranged mum after an earthquake in Italy was horrified to discover that she had already been dead for two months.
The women had earlier fallen out over a family split but when the daughter could not reach her mother on the phone after a quake near her home in Ancona, she called police.
Rescuers made the gruesome discovery that she had died weeks before the tremor and found her body in an advanced state of decomposition, according to local media.
The incident took place in the city of Ancona, in Ancona Province, in the Marche region of central Italy, on the Adriatic coast, when the daughter, who has not been named, phoned her 78-year-old mother after an earthquake hit the area on 9th November.
But after repeatedly failing to reach her by phone, she called the emergency services and when the police arrived, they found that the OAP, who has not been named either, had been dead for at least two months and was in an advanced state of decomposition.
This was also reportedly confirmed by a coroner.
The woman, originally from Vallo della Lucania, in the province of Salerno, had been living in Ancona for years, but had no relatives nearby and no one had paid her a visit, according to local media.
The 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Italy, Croatia, San Marino and Vatican City on 9th November and its epicentre was 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) off the coast of the port town of Senigallia, also in the Province of Ancona, on Italy’s Adriatic coast.