policiaSPANISH authorities have removed the body of a 49-year-old woman who was dead for five years before being discovered.

The body of the woman, indentified only as Pilar M, was spotted by builders doing work on the outside of her building in central Cadiz on December 1.

The workmen immediately alerted the fire brigade who broke in to find her skeletal form surrounded by birds who had entered the room through the window.

A background check revealed the woman, a nurse, had been off work for mental problems, was an only child with deceased parents and no family in the area.

Her body was at an advanced state of decomposition where only her bones were visible, and have now  been transferred to Cadiz’s forensic institute.

The flat, number 33 of Calle Columela, had neither water nor electricity, due to unpaid bills.

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