Mummified Detroit Woman Somehow Voted in 2010

Pia Farrenkopf case investigated as homicide

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2014 9:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's unclear how she managed it, but a woman who is thought to have died in 2008 apparently voted in the 2010 midterm elections. That woman: Pia Farrenkopf, believed to be the identity of the person found mummified in a garage in Pontiac, Mich. Voting records show Farrenkopf voted in 2010, the Detroit Free Press reports, but it's possible that there was a clerical error, officials say. It's just part of the continuing mystery. Authorities are still working to positively identify the body and figure out how she died.

They're treating the case as a homicide, MLive.com reports. A sister of Farrenkopf has provided DNA to investigators, who are still trying to find dental records for comparison. Meanwhile, a person who says she's Farrenkopf's niece and godchild has created a Facebook page for Farrenkopf. "We believe this was murder and we want answers," the page says, adding that Farrenkopf had nine siblings. "She was well loved by all of her family and though we lost contact, that was due to the amount of traveling she had to do for work and the fact that she liked her privacy." The last known contact with Farrenkopf was in late 2008, when she was pulled over for expired license plates.

A mummified woman apparently voted in 2010.
A mummified woman apparently voted in 2010.   (Shutterstock)
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