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Halden Arbeiderblad: Police find remains in Moscow apartment of four who apparently died over several years
Unpaid bills led police to a gruesome discovery in a Moscow apartment, where they found the skeletal remains of four family members who apparently died at different times over a period of up to five years
The bodies of an elderly couple and their daughter and granddaughter were found by a police officer who forced the apartments door open because maintenance fees were long overdue
Investigators believe the man, who was born in 1912, died about five years ago, followed about two years later by his wife, while their daughter and adult granddaughter apparently died about two years ago
Aside from the condition of the bodies, other evidence suggesting that the deaths occurred years ago included a 1997 calendar in the grandfathers room, old ruble notes that are now out of circulation and food in the refrigerator dated 2003
the last time neighbors had seen any of the apartments residents was in August 2003
The Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying there was a large amount mostly of Orthodox Christian religious literature in the apartment, as well as icons, and Rossiya showed a glass-doored cabinet with several icons inside.