Massachusetts

Missing woman's body found decomposing in million-dollar home

The home in Brookline, Mass.

The home in Brookline, Mass.  (Google Street View)

The body of a reclusive woman from a Boston suburb was found in her $1.2 million home – and her sister may have been living with the decomposing corpse for more than a year and a half.

The body of Hope Wheaton, 67, was discovered last month by a cousin in the kitchen of the Brookline mansion that Wheaton and sister Lynda Waldman shared, the Boston Globe reported.

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Though circumstances behind her death are murky, officials say Wheaton’s body was significantly decomposed.

Her body’s condition “was consistent with a report” that she passed away in summer 2015 and showed no visible signs of trauma, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney told the Globe.

The run-down home was filled with clutter and in “total disrepair,” according to neighbor Harriet Allen, a friend of Wheaton’s.

The sisters, who were both recluses, also began looking worse for wear after some time, Allen said.

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