03 Jun '11, 3am

Elderly who die without NOK to claim their bodies: Our reader shares her family's story.

MONDAY'S article by Ms Jalelah Abu Baker ('Dying alone') struck a chord with me as it had happened to one of my siblings early this year. My second brother was single and living alone. He died of a heart attack in his sleep. The town council and police were notified of it by his neighbours who noted a foul smell coming from his unit. His highly decomposed body was discovered on Feb 12, but we were contacted by the town council about his death only on Feb 24. Earlier, my brother's boss and colleagues had called him repeatedly and even gone to his house to look for him. When they tried to make a missing person report, they were told the police were unable to take up the case as they were not his immediate kin. We are still puzzled as to why the police and the Housing Board took so long to contact us. After settling the funeral arrangements, we wrote in to request an investig...

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