The body of a 90-year-old woman was left alone in a dirty San Francisco home for so long that it began to mummify, according to rescue officials. Anna Ragin was removed Saturday from the property, crammed with junk, including 300 bottles of urine.
"I'm hearing that there were rats, spiders, dog feces and trash just everywhere, in some cases piled to the ceiling," San Francisco city and county Supervisor Eric Mar told the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday. "The police captains I've spoken with tell me this is the worst case of hoarding they have ever seen."
Firefighters wore oxygen masks as they went in through a front window. They wrapped the body in a white sheet, placed it onto a gurney and then carried it away. “It’s mummified, lightweight, wrapped in a blanket,” one of the firefighters was heard saying to a San Francisco medical examiner’s official, according to local media reports.
Employees from the city’s Department of Public Works removed several trash bins' worth of debris from the home. “A police officer outside the house told me they’d found rats, black widow spiders, 300 bottles of urine and mold on the walls, and they felt they were in over their heads,” one witness said.
Ragin reportedly lived with her 65-year-old daughter, who knew about the body but never alerted authorities. “I’m saddened that she couldn’t let her mother go,” said neighbor Sharon Scott Kish. “I saw her three days ago, and I asked her, ‘Is your mother still with us?’ And she said yes. Delusional. She was with her. She was, she was still with her.”
Lucy Tai, who lives across the street, said she hadn't seen Anna Ragin in a long time and barely spoke to the daughter. “I kind of feel sad. I’m afraid,” Tai said. “I wanted to feel like I [was friends] with her, and I’d say hello and she would just turn away [her] face and don’t want to make friends.”
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