The mystery surrounding the likely death of Pia Farrenkopf may never be fully unraveled.
Oakland County authorities say they’re confident a DNA sample obtained from Farrenkopf’s sister will establish Farrenkopf as the woman whose mummified remains were found in a suburban Detroit garage earlier this month, MLive reports.
Identification could take several months. Authorities had hoped for a more expedient process – dental records – but their plea for a dentist who may have treated Farrenkopf went unanswered.
But how she died – natural causes, suicide or homicide – may never be known because here wasn’t enough tissue remaining on the badly decomposed body to perform a thorough autopsy to determine the cause of death, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.
"It's going to be a challenge to get much beyond what we already have," he said.
Farrenkopf’s sister, Paula Logan, said she last saw her in 2007. Farrenkopf received a traffic citation in Pontiac, where she lived, in October 2008. The last call on her now-disconnected phone occurred in early 2009, the same time as her last bank transaction, according to the MLive report.
After that, her life is a blank slate.Other evidence collected at Farrenkopf’s home after a contractor discovered the mummified remains have turned up little information to help solve the mystery of her death.