An elderly woman's body has been found years after her death at home in an "absolutely heartbreaking" case.
Police responded to a call to her house in Aberdeen, Scotland on Thursday after she failed to show up for her Covid vaccination, the Daily Record reports.
According to the Record, her husband told police she was on holiday.
The woman's death is currently being treated as unexplained but experts estimate it happened years ago with no one reporting concern about her to the authorities during that time.
An AGE Scotland spokesperson called the news "absolutely heartbreaking".
Brian Sloan, chief executive of Age Scotland, said: “This is an absolutely heartbreaking case that should act as a reminder to all of us that we have an important role to play in looking out for older people in our communities.
"Isolation and loneliness are at record levels in Scotland after almost 12 months of lockdown and shielding but even before the Covid pandemic, we knew that 100,000 older people in Scotland felt lonely all or most of the time and 200,000 older people can do up to half a week without a visit or phone call from anyone.
“There is at least one isolated person living on every street in the country. We should all be aware of that and do our part to help our older friends and neighbours stay connected.
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"A phone call to a neighbour or a knock on the door for a socially distanced catch-up chat could make all the difference to an older person’s day.
“If you haven’t seen an older neighbour for a while, notice that somone’s curtains are still drawn or see that the newspaper hasn’t been picked up, take the time to check up on them.
"Not only will it help your older neighbour feel valued and supported, you could be saving someone’s life.”
Cops attended the property after the alarm was raised, and discovered the woman's body.
Enquiries into her death are ongoing and a post mortem will take place.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said last week: “Officers were called to an address in Allison Close, Aberdeen, on Thursday, 25 February 2021 after the body of a woman was found within.
"The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing.
"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."
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