A woman was admitted to the hospital after locking herself at home with her mother and sister for nearly two decades.
The 47-year-old spent 18 years in the four walls of the house she shared with her two relatives without ever going outside.
Police said her leg muscles were so wasted from lack of exercise that she could not walk properly.
Malaga Homicide officials were tasked with finding the nameless woman after an uncle reported her missing.
They quickly discovered that she hadn’t renewed her ID in nearly 20 years and found no evidence that she had seen a doctor or been in the hospital during that time.
She was given an arrest warrant to enter the property where she was found after her relatives refused to cooperate with the police investigation.
A spokesman for the National Police said in a statement: “National Police officers have found a 47-year-old woman who had been in her home in Malaga for the past 18 years.
“She was reported missing by an uncle who said he hadn’t seen his niece in nearly two decades.
“During this 18 year period there was no public register of their movements.
“The last renewal of her identity card was in 2001 and there was no evidence of medical help.
“When the woman was found, her leg muscles were wasted due to a lack of physical activity that prevented her from walking normally.
“She lived on the property with her older mother and a sister of about the same age who rarely went out, had her purchases delivered at home, and didn’t have much to do with her neighbors.”
A police spokesman added, “The decision to get a court order and access to the property was made out of fear that this woman might be at risk.
“All previous attempts to get her mother to let the police into the property had failed.”
All three family members, including the woman who has been missing for nearly 20 decades, have now agreed to be taken to hospital for a health check-up.
No information was released about why the woman who was the focus of the police investigation decided to lock herself in her home.