KCK woman’s death being investigated as possible case of neglect

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- People in a KCK neighborhood hadn't seen their neighbor in weeks, and Thursday night she was found dead inside her home.

Police were called to the home at 81st and Freeman for a welfare check. When they got to the scene, they found the lifeless 77-year-old woman. Officers say her body was dangerously thin and are investigating her death as a possible case of neglect.

Neighbors say the woman lived in the home with her younger sister. Neighbors became concerned when they never saw the 77-year-old come out of the home. They say the woman's sister told them she was ill, very stubborn and refused hospice care. Officers took that sister in for questioning Thursday evening.

One neighbor says she approached the sister and wanted to go inside to check on the 77-year-old and the sister told her it wasn't a good idea.

"I know her sister wanted to get her help but her sister said no, don't call anybody. The only thing she could've done is stayed home today but it wouldn't of stopped her from dying," neighbor Susan Wolf said.

People in the neighborhood say the family was extremely private. No one went into the home. Police wouldn't go into specifics, but described the scene as "very strange."

An autopsy will be performed but at this point no foul play is suspected.