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The mummified body of a British OAP has been discovered in the Costa del Sol home she shared with her daughter nearly a year after she died.
Police have launched an investigation after discovering a body under a mattress at the property near Marbella following complaints from neighbours about a bad smell.
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The 71-year-old, who has been named locally as Valerie Butroid, is believed to have died on March 12 last year - 24 hours after Mother's Day in the UK.
Forensic experts have found no signs of violence on her body and have told officials they believe she died of natural causes.
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But Civil Guard officers are trying to establish why the woman's loved ones failed to report her death and kept her body hidden in their home.
Her corpse was discovered late on Friday night after police went to the property on a residential estate in Istan a 20-minute drive from the coastal resort of Marbella.
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Neighbours said Mrs Butroid lived with her daughter Louise and had a teenage grand-daughter, aged around 15, who visited from time to time.
One said Louise had become reclusive after the death of her husband several years ago in the same house, a £265,000 semi-detached property overlooking Lake Istan.
Louise - Butroid - Whereabouts - Today - Locals
Louise Butroid's whereabouts was unclear today with locals saying she was back at the house, although there was no answer at her door.
One said: 'She was at the Civil Guard station in Marbella yesterday but she has been back since.'
Brit - Expat - Woman - Daughter - Years
Another, a Brit expat who has been living near to the dead woman and her Lincolnshire-born daughter for several years, said: 'There's been a bad smell coming from the house for a while.
'But it got really bad over the summer and the smell started coming through the air conditioning vents when I put the heating on for my baby daughter as it...
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