The niece of a Michigan woman whose body is believed to
have been found years after she died has created a "Mummified
in Michigan" Facebook page to commemorate her as investigators
continue to search for clues into her death.
Nina Logan, the 19-year-old niece of Pia Farrenkopf, created
the page after a mummified body believed to be her aunt was
found in the back seat of her car parked in her garage last
week in a residential neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan, a
"This page is for those of you who care to know who my aunt
was. For those of you who have a kind heart and want to offer
kind words," Logan said on the Facebook page.
Farrenkopf's body was found by someone dispatched to check on
the property that fell into foreclosure, police said.
It is thought she stopped working in 2008 and had set up all
of her bills to be paid automatically from a bank account. A
neighbor cut her lawn, her mail was sent to the post office
and there was no family living nearby, according to police.
It was not clear when she died.
"She was a happy, healthy, energetic, intelligent woman with
plenty to live for," Logan said in a post.
As of Thursday (local time), the page had received about 2000
likes from people paying their condolences and questioning
how the family could have lost touch with Farrenkopf.
Logan said in a post her family lost contact with Farrenkopf
due to the amount of traveling she did for work and that she
liked her privacy.
"When her mother and sister passed we tried desperately to
contact her and let her know but the phone would just ring
and ring," she said.
Logan said in a post she had recently changed the name of the
page to "Pia Davida Farrenkopf" but it may take up to 14 days
for approval from Facebook.
"I do not like the name but I wanted the connection to be
made with the story and this page," she said in a post.
As friends continued to post condolences on the Facebook
page, investigators asked for help in conclusively
identifying the body found in her garage.
The medical examiner in Oakland County on Wednesday appealed
publicly for dentists who may have treated Farrenkopf to
provide dental records to compare to the body.
Without dental records, the medical examiner will be forced
to collect DNA samples from family members to compare with
DNA samples from the remains, a process that could take
months, the medical examiner said in a statement.