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New Mystery in Case of Mummified Woman Thought Dead Since 2008: Did She Vote in 2010?

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A new mystery is surrounding the mummified woman found in a southeast Michigan home last week. Pia Farrenkopf is believed to have died in 2008, but Oakland County voting records indicate she voted in 2008. (Patch file photo)
A new mystery is surrounding the mummified woman found in a southeast Michigan home last week. Pia Farrenkopf is believed to have died in 2008, but Oakland County voting records indicate she voted in 2008. (Patch file photo)

By Beth Dalbey

There’s a new twist in the story of a woman who dropped out of sight in 2008 and whose body was discovered in a mummified state in the garage of her Pontiac, MI, home last week.

Pia Farrenkopf voted in 2010 – two years after she is believed to have died, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t officially identified Farrenkopf as the dead woman, but she was listed as the owner the home on Savanna Drive where the mummified body was discovered, and the bank holding the mortgage had filed foreclosure actions against her.

The last time anyone remembers seeing Farrenkopf at her job as a contractor for the now closed Chrysler Financial was in September 2008. She also got a traffic ticket in Pontiac in October 2008.

Oakland County election records show Farrenkopf, who would be 49 now, registered to vote in 2006 in Pontiac, but had not voted until the 2010 gubernatorial election. 

Officials said an administrative error may have occurred and she didn’t actually vote, but the "information, obviously, has to be run to its logical conclusion," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told the Free-Press.

The mummified body was discovered by a contractor who had been hired to plug a hole in the roof to prevent raccoons from entering the house. Authorities think her body may have been in the back seat of the Jeep Liberty, which had tags that expired in 2008, for at least five years.

Farrenkopf had done her banking business online and her mortgage, utilities and other bills were “all on auto-pilot” until the money in the account – more than $54,000  at one point – ran out in March 2013, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said last week after a briefing with his detectives, the Detroit News reported.

When the account was depleted, foreclosure proceedings began.

A neighbor had kept the lawn mowed, and sometime before she is believed to have died, Farrenkopf asked her mail carrier not to drop off mail at her home because she often traveled, the Free Press reported.

“All these things kind of led to the perfect storm of no one saying, ‘What’s going on there?’ ” Bouchard told the Free-Press.

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Tabasco March 12, 2014 at 06:12 PM
That's why you have elections officials who represent BOTH parties in every voting district in the US at the polls. You can't hide a massive (5 1/2 million plus nationally) fraud campaign without it getting out and without challenges to the results. There wasn't a huge operation to forge dead people's signatures. There wasn't a massive effort to instantly register illegal aliens. There wasn't some undisclosed billions going to the Obama campaign (Republican fundraising and spending STILL outpaced Democrats in 2012). ACORN hasn't existed since 2010. Names aren't made up out of whole cloth and secretly inserted into tabulators. Nobody walks into a polling place with a bag full of phony ballots and inserts them without anyone seeing. Do some machines get hacked? I'm sure of it. But if election results were more than 4% off exit polls, you can get a court order for a hand recount outside of your district. Done.
Mac March 12, 2014 at 06:28 PM
election officials at best are party hacks that get to be little generals for a day for $100 and some coffee, donuts and pizza - it been my experience that they vote by party line - no two of them will have the same understanding of their positions - Tabasco, while you're beliefs are politically correct and some of your points have partial merit, in practice you'd be terribly disappointed
Tabasco March 12, 2014 at 07:51 PM
The $100 figure is more like $150 these days. That and the fact that Registrars are usually paid roughly $13,000 for one or two days a week. You are correct that they vote their party line. But they also watch over the election process to make sure the other party's people don't get an unfair advantage. Fraud DOES happen. But it happens more on a local level for local elections. They can be more easily contained. Something on a national level with the required amount of spending and secrecy and collusion would be impossible to keep secret for long.
Jaclyn Rothenberg March 13, 2014 at 05:45 PM
We Americans need to stop arguing about which party line we are for or not for. We need to be unified in getting all the facts needed to vote in our town, state and country elections. Let those in government argue the issues as we gather the facts needed to make educated voting decisions for our best interests. Arguing Pres. Obama won 2 elections because of voting fraud is a waste of time.
Social Concepts & Development Services April 02, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Farrenkopf..

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