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Mummified body in Detroit somehow manages to vote after death

Despite being dead since 2008, the mummified body of a 49-year old Detroit woman was recorded voting in the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial election.

The body of 49-year old Pia Farrenkopf was discovered in her garage on March 5, sitting in the backseat of her Jeep Liberty. It was found by a contractor who was going through the house since it’s being foreclosed on.

Although her remains are believed to be at least six years old, records in Oakland County show Farrenkopf voting in the 2010 gubernatorial election between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero.

City of Pontiac officials told the Detroit Free Press that it was most likely a clerical error. The city clerk said that someone with an infrequent record like hers usually only vote in presidential elections as opposed to gubernatorial or smaller elections.

No one noticed Farrenkopf’s absence for six years since she travelled frequently and kept to herself. All her bills were set up as automatically withdrawn payments. When the accounts dried up, foreclosure set in.

The autopsy has not yet concluded on how she died.

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