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A cared-for mummy

From “Mummified woman died naturally“:

A woman whose mummified body was dressed in a white gown and placed in front of a television for 2½ years died from heart disease. …

Officials never suspected abuse or foul play after finding Johannas Pope, 61, in her Madisonville home Jan. 4.

Pope told her caretaker, Kathy Painter, she didn’t want to be buried because she believed she would come back to life. …

Painter left Pope’s body in a chair in an air-conditioned room on the second floor of their Davies Place home.

Investigators learned that Painter took care of Pope’s body – trying to preserve it.

Owens said Painter put on gloves and removed the maggots from Pope’s body daily.

He said she used bug spray when they became too numerous to remove by hand. Investigators found 17 cans of bug spray in the house, he said. …

Painter even bought Pope new clothes just before officials discovered her body.

“She bought new clothes because she thought this was the time period she was coming back,” Owens said.

Family members kept a window air conditioner running to keep Pope’s body cool until about two months ago, when it broke, Owens said. Heating vents were covered during winter.

Some friends and relatives who visited were told Pope was upstairs, ill, Owens said. …

There is no Ohio law mandating the reporting of a dead body.

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