The corpse of a 25-year-old woman who died 16 years ago in Sichuan province was found almost perfectly preserved in her home, according to a Shanghai Daily report.
The woman, Tang Deqing, was found dead in a bedroom of her family’s home in Yingshan county back in October of 1998, according to the report. Police found a suicide note and an autopsy later revealed that she’d been poisoned with pesticides, but her family never truly believed the results as they suspected she was killed by someone else.
Here’s where it get’s really macabre:
Her father placed her into a pine coffin instead of burying her. The coffin was put in the woman’s bedroom, and since then her family moved to other residences over the years.
The corpse turned into a mummy as the tile-roofed house holding the coffin became dilapidated. Her father said he never smelled anything when he opened the coffin to examine the body from time to time. He found the corpse appeared to be just slightly swelled but without decay when police asked for a postmortem examination.
Tang’s father said that he would visit his daughter several times from year to year and that her body had never really changed.
China Daily cited Li Liangwen, a human anatomy professor at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who said that the pesticide Tang took could have killed the bacteria inside her body, resulting in similar preserving effects as formaldehyde. He added that some of Tang’s organs were removed during the initial autopsy, reducing the level of bacteria in her body and preventing rotting.