The remains of a woman were found sitting in front of her TV – 42 years after she was reported missing.
Hedviga Golik had apparently made herself a cup of tea before sitting in her favourite armchair in front of her black and white television. She was born in 1924.
Her neighbours thought she had moved out of her flat in the capital, Zagreb. Croatian police said she was last seen by neighbours in 1966, when she would have been 42 years old. she was found in 1998 by police and bailiffs who had broken in to help the authorities establish who owned the flat.
“When officers went there, they said it was like stepping into a place frozen in time.
“The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to the chair she had been sitting in and the house was full of things no one had seen for decades. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, even though there were more than a few cobwebs in there.”
A police spokesman said: “So far, we have no idea how it is possible that someone officially reported missing so long ago was not found before in the same apartment she used to live in.”
Neighbours were shocked by the discovery.
Jadranka Markic who was nine when Hedviga “vanished”. said: “I still remember her. She was a quiet woman who kept to herself but was polite. We all thought that she had just moved out and gone to live with relatives.”