Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tragic Find in Percy St Home 'Check on Your Neighbours'; Residents Urged to Look out for One Another after Death Unnoticed

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tragic Find in Percy St Home 'Check on Your Neighbours'; Residents Urged to Look out for One Another after Death Unnoticed

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FOR the past six weeks, a grim and tragic secret was hiding inside a central Warwick home.

The body of a Warwick woman lay on the floor, only to be discovered after a concerned neighbour made a second call to police on Tuesday.

It is believed the 63-year-old died over a month ago.

Warwick police Sergeant Greg Burton was one of the first officers on the scene.

"We received a call from a neighbour for a welfare check," he said.

"Basically we conducted inquiries at the house and needed to use the services of a locksmith to gain entry.

"When we entered the house, we unfortunately located the body of a deceased female who had been dead for some time."

The concerned neighbour who made the initial and subsequent calls to police did not want to be identified but said she rang police three weeks ago because something seemed very wrong.

"We thought she was away at first, but as time went on and her always immaculately pruned shrubs started to become wild and unruly we began to worry," she said.

"We were collecting her mail and mowing her lawn as we usually did when she was away.

"It wasn't out of character for her to go away and she'd usually tell us but we thought we must have missed it this time."

The neighbour said the woman was very private.

"We would have been neighbours from hell to her," she said.

"Dogs, cats, electric guitars, music.

"She was so private, when we interacted she was chirpy and positive but I've never been in her house, she always came over here."

The neighbour said they had never heard any sound from the house next door.

"No music, or the TV, we never even saw any lights on ever, the place was also shuttered up so tightly.

"We can't even tell if there's a car in the garage, it's sealed so tightly."

The neighbour said when the police came three weeks earlier she had insisted they break in and check the house.

"I told them 'I think you have grounds to enter the house'," she said.

"The policeman told me that the house was all locked up and that she was probably away, and he said 'there's no flies'.

"I said to him, 'are you going to wait until there are flies? …

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