Missing woman’s decomposed body found in cluttered home

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — A woman who vanished a year and half ago has been found dead amid heavy clutter in a $1.2 million home near Boston where she lived with her sister.

The Boston Globe reports a visiting cousin found the significantly decomposed body of 67-year-old Hope Wheaton in Wheaton’s Brookline home last month.

According to CBS Boston, there was a reported hoarding issue at the home. Some neighbors had offered to help them take care of things, but were reportedly refused.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office says the condition of Wheaton’s body aligned with a report that she died in the summer of 2015. Officials say her body showed no clear signs of trauma or foul play. CBS Boston reports the woman had a history of illness.

The medical examiner hasn’t released a cause of death.

Wheaton’s 74-year-old sister, Lynda Waldman hasn’t been charged. Officials wouldn’t say why Waldman didn’t call police when her sister died.

Wheaton’s relatives, including Waldman, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.