September 19, 1993--Reuters News Service

Computers Paid Bills as Woman in Sweden Lay Dead for 3 Years.

Stockholm--The body of an elderly woman who died in 1990 lay undiscovered in her apartment for more than three years while computers received her pension and automatically paid her bills, Swedish police said Saturday. ``It's very unusual for someone to be dead so long without anyone else reacting,'' a police duty officer in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta told the national news agency TT.

The woman's last-opened mail was dated May 11, 1990, police said, indicating she had died at the age of 72. Her name has not been made public. Police were called to break into the apartment by its landlord after he had made repeated efforts to gain the occupant's permission to renovate it.

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