THE grown-up son and daughter of an elderly woman found sealed away in a wardrobe may have been living with the corpse for two years.
In a statement to a judge, the son has confessed to smothering his mother then collecting her pension.
Police are awaiting forensic reports, but say neighbours in the tiny village of Pozondon (Teruel) – population 45 – had not seen the old lady for two years.
Officers from the local council had reported worries about the well-being of the woman to social services two months ago after villagers realised they had not seen her for some time.
The deceased was an elderly woman, with reduced mobility, who lived at home with her two unmarried children. The newly elected mayor, Mario Cáceres, explained that the woman was rarely seen out and about because of her condition.
But her absence became noticeable, and her children seemed to give evasive answers when asked about her. So the council notified the Social Services of the Sierra de Albarracín region, who in turn called in Guardia Civil. They searched their home and found the body in a sealed wardrobe. She had been dead for many months.
The two children have been arrested and are under investigation for possible murder and social security fraud.