Son kept mother's body in the basement to keep receiving her pension

A man hid his mother’s body in his basement for more than a year in order to continue to receive pension and care allowances, the police in Austria said.

Investigators from the state of Tyrol announced on Thursday that officials had visited the man in the Innsbruck area last weekend because there was suspicion that his 89-year-old mother died in June 2020.

They said in a statement that the 66-year-old admitted when questioned that he kept her body in the basement at home after her death so that he could continue to receive her benefits.

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Investigations so far indicate that he has earned a “mid five-digit” amount in euros.

Authorities performed an autopsy on his mother’s body on Wednesday and found no evidence of foul play.

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