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Police: Woman found dead in a rat-infested house in Peoria

September 29, 2021 GMT

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A 66-year-old woman has been found dead in her rat-infested Peoria home, according to police.

The house is considered a health hazard and police said the city has hired a company to professionally remove the rats and rodents.

The woman has not yet been identified. Police said her death is not considered to be suspicious at this time.

Authorities conducted a welfare check at the home last Thursday after neighbors complained about a bad smell and said rats were seen going in and out of the house.

Officers reported seeing severe hoarding conditions along with rodents and the woman’s badly decomposed body.