Woman Who Died While Watching TV Sat Unfound for 42 Years

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Hedviga Golik made herself a cup of tea and sat down to watch some television in her hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. Sadly, she died in her chair. This was in 1966. She was just found, 42 years later, in her time capsule mausoleum where she's been sitting ever since. She never finished her tea.


What's absurd is that she was in fact reported missing, but somehow no one ever checked her apartment, which leads me to believe no one checked anywhere. I mean, where else do you look for someone when they're missing? I don't understand it. Her neighbors apparently just assumed she moved out of her apartment, and she was finally found when the police broke in to figure out who owned the place.

A police spokesman said: "When officers went there, they said it was like stepping into a place frozen in time. The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to the chair she had been sitting in and the house was full of things no one had seen for decades. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, even though there were more than a few cobwebs in there."

Well, that's unsettling. [DailyRecord; img]



1. She probably owned the place.

2. I'm sure it got shut off after a while.

3. Her body would have been completely decomposed within a year, so no smells after the first year. Plus the CNN story says that her window was open which could have diminished the smell during the time she was decomposing. Also, there are other factors that we are unaware of (proximity to other units etc.)

4. Maybe the kids who broke in to party decided to pay the bills so that they could have a place to come and party. Then they left everything exactly the way the found it, so they wouldn't get caught?