74YO Woman Body Found in Bedok HDB After She was Last Seen A Week Ago


It’s a sad fact of life that some of us will grow old alone in our apartments.

Age will catch up with all of us sooner or later, and unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have someone by their side during their final days.

74YO Woman Body Found in Bedok HDB After She was Last Seen A Week Ago

The body of a 74-year-old woman was found in an HDB flat in Bedok on Saturday (4 Sep). She was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

It was only because of her neighbours’ concern that the authorities found the woman’s body.

Speaking to The Straits Times, Madam Choo Peck Luan said she had last seen the woman, known as Lily, on 26 Aug, when she took her to see a doctor.

She said the elderly woman had trouble eating, but did not say what condition she was suffering from.

She spoke to Lily again on the phone the next day, but that would be the last time Madam Choo would hear from her.

As the week passed, Madam Choo started to get concerned as she had not heard from or seen Lily.

The elderly woman would normally be feeding stray cats in her neighbourhood or hanging out her laundry, but she was nowhere to be seen.

The light in her apartment was still on, though. When Madam Choo called, she got no answer.

Rotting Smell Wafted Out After Opening Door

Worried, Madam Choo and another neighbour decided to check on Lily. When they opened the door, a rotting smell wafted out of the apartment.

Since her doors and windows were always closed, no one else suspected a thing the whole week.

The other neighbour, Mr Wee Siew Lye, called the police, and their worst fears were confirmed.

The police said they were called in to investigate the case of unnatural death at Block 514 Bedok North Avenue 2 at about 5pm on Saturday.

They do not suspect foul play. Investigations are ongoing.

According to Mr Wee, Lily never had visitors and was usually alone, even during Chinese New Year.


83,000 Seniors Will be Living Alone By 2030

Tens of thousands of seniors already live alone, but this number is expected to increase.

It is estimated that by 2030, 83,000 elderly residents aged 65 and above will be living alone. In 2016, this number was just 47,000.

Since they don’t have much contact with others, they are at a higher risk of developing depression.

So, if you happen to have an elderly neighbour who lives by themselves, why not check up on them and have a chat every once in a while? It may not mean much to you, but it put a smile on their face and end up making their day.

Plus, with social media around, there are many ways to stay connected with our friends and family, wherever they are.


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