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Bones found in attic may be from woman who froze to death 39 years ago

The skeletal remains were found by a man clearing out his dead father’s barn.

The woman went missing in 1977. (File photo)
The woman went missing in 1977. (File photo)
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POLICE IN GERMANY believe the skeletal remains of a woman found in an attic may have frozen to death almost 40 years ago.

Bild.de reports that the woman’s remains were found by a man who was cleaning out the attic of his deceased father’s barn.

The remains were found partially clothed and covered in leaves and straw in the rural district of Cloppenburg.

Tests and a post-mortem analysis of the bones have led local police to believe they are the remains of a 28-year-old woman who went missing in 1977 about 5km from the house.

The woman, who was a mother-of-three, is understood to have have had mental health problems and had gone missing on several other occasions.

Bild reports that police are speculating that she fell asleep in the attic of the barn and froze to death.

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