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Authorities have been shocked to discover an elderly woman's body inside her apartment in Spain.
However, it wasn't just the fact that Clara Ines Tobon was deceased. It was that they only found half of her inside the Madrid property.
The other half is believed to have been eaten by at least five of her seven cats.
Officials were called to the 79-year-old's place after a neighbour reported a foul stench coming from behind the door. Despite her apartment being sealed from the inside, the smell managed to travel up through the building.
There were concerns for Ms Tobon's health and safety because she hadn't been spotted at the local market or feeding stray cats for weeks.
After firefighters broke down her door, detectives explained how they found her body was 'devoured from the waist' up and they reckon she could have been dead for up to three months.
According to El Mundo, a National Police officer said it was 'the worst thing they had seen in their entire career'.
The flat was reportedly filled with rubbish, cat excrement and five of the felines had died.
An autopsy is being completed on the elderly woman's body to determine what was her cause of death.
Those close to her have reportedly said she was unwell last year and tests will be conducted to see whether she had the coronavirus.
News Corp reports Ms Tobon was thought to have been diagnosed with Diogenes syndrome, which can cause sufferers to neglect themselves, live domestic squalor, withdraw from social scenarios and become compulsive hoarders of trash and animals.
Tests are also being conducted on the cats' stomachs to see whether they contain remnants of their former owner.
The two cats that had survived the prolonged state of no food or water were reported to be in poor health and have been taken to the local Animal Protection Centre for treatment.
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