GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – Authorities say a 94-year-old woman's badly decomposed body may have been in her upstate New York apartment for more than a year before being discovered, despite her daughter living just above her.
Police and prosecutors in Fulton County tell local media that Hope Ruller may have died in her first-floor apartment in Gloversville as long as 14 months ago before being discovered Dec. 29 after police received a request from a relative to check on her welfare.
Officials say her daughter lived in the two-story home's upstairs apartment along with an adult son.
Officials say an autopsy was conducted but a cause of death couldn't be determined because of the body's severely decomposed condition.
Police say Ruller's death is being treated as suspicious. No arrests have been made, but police say their investigation is continuing.