SANTA FE (KRQE) - Santa Fe police and neighbors of a Santa Fe woman are wondering how no one noticed she was dead.
Police found her body Monday inside her condo more than six months after she died. Detectives are waiting on autopsy results to give them some answers.
Police say the woman was a hoarder and had not been in contact with her family for years.
But this week, family came from out of state and stopped by her Santa Fe home. They called police.
Residents at Zia Vista Condominiums were surprised to see Santa Fe police there Monday.
"The people were out here with white masks and white suits," says neighbor Jason Roberts.
Police say the woman was surrounded by tons of things she had hoarded over the years.
"Just clutter and junk everywhere, so they couldn't really open the door completely," says Celina Westervelt, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department. "They said it was lucky they didn't have to go much further into the apartment to find her because it would have been almost impossible."
Police say they found a letter from family shoved under the door that dated back to October, and they believe her body has been there at least that long.
"The woman's body had been really badly decomposed. The officer said she looked like a mummy, that her skin was completely dry," Westervelt says.
Neighbors wonder how no one noticed something was wrong sooner.
"Didn't the mailman notice her box was getting overfilled?" one resident said. "The utility companies. Did they not speak with her regarding nonpayment?"
While some tenants told police they reported a strange smell to the property manager in November, the manager says she would have checked on it and residents should have followed up if they were concerned.
A neighbor living directly across the hall says he just thought the resident was gone on vacation.
"I just wish I knew something more, and I could've helped out," Roberts says.
Some family members tell police the woman may have had mental issues.
Police say they do not believe her death is suspicious.
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