Hedviga Golik never left her tiny apartment in Croatia's capital until her mummified body was carried out years after she died. Police said at first that no one ever reported Golik missing and no one came to claim her body. Experts said she seemed to have died of natural causes, but "it's almost impossible to say for certain" after so much time. Golik, who was born in 1924, had apparently made herself a cup of tea before sitting in her favorite armchair in front of her black and white television according to news reports. Croatian police said she was last seen by neighbours in 1966, when she would have been 42 years old. Her neighbours thought she had moved out of her flat in the capital, Zagreb. But she was found by police and bailiffs who had broken in to help the authorities establish who owned the flat. A police spokesman said they have no idea how it is possible that someone officially reported missing so long ago was not found before in the same apartment where she used to live. 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. A neighbor who was nine when Hedviga "vanished" said She was a quiet woman who kept herself to herself but was polite.
She is remembered here.
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