Officers made an usual discovery after being called for a burglary in a northwestern Arizona home.
Bullhead City police officers responded to a burglary in progress call around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers found 65-year-old Christine Lee Walters rummaging through items inside the house.
Reports state that there were the door appeared to have been pried open marks, indicating forced entry into the home. Allegedly Walters had been at the home for days removing clothing, purses and other items she apparently planned to sell.
Neighbors reported to police they had not seen the homeowner and believed they had moved away, as the house had been vacant for approximately a year.
However, in searching the property, police discovered something unexpected. Officers found the body in a natural mummified state, which occurs when a corpse is exposed to very dry conditions that slow typical decomposition. It is unknown how long the body has been in the bathtub. The Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the cause of death.
Walters told officers she did not know the body was in the house. During the burglary investigation, detectives searched Walters’ vehicle and personal residence and found the homeowner’s birth certificate, credit cards, driver’s license and income tax paperwork.
Walters has been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of burglary. Additional charges are expected to be given as police discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her possession.