Mummified remains found in dead hoarder's home

JENNINGS, Mo. | Investigators are trying to determine whether mummified human remains found in a suburban St. Louis home are those of the mother of the home's hoarding elderly occupant, who died nearly three weeks earlier.

Police and a forensic investigator with the St. Louis County medical examiner's office tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's unknown how long the remains had been in the Jennings home.

The home's occupant, Gladys Bergmeier, was 75 when she was found dead in her bed Feb. 7. A relative found the mummified remains of an elderly woman weeks later.

Neighbor Gussie Harrison called the discovery "just shocking."

The mummified body now is on a gurney at the medical examiner's office, where investigators are trying to determine roughly the time she died.