DYING ALONE: John Parsons suspected his neighbour Lyla-Ann Schofield had died when he smelt a pungent odour.
DYING ALONE: John Parsons suspected his neighbour Lyla-Ann Schofield had died when he smelt a pungent odour.

Body found locked in house



LYLA-ANN Schofield's body remained unnoticed for more than two days until neighbours picked up a foul odour coming from her Rockhampton home.

Police discovered her badly decomposed body yesterday morning after cutting through a series of locks to gain entry to her heavily secured Woodville Street house.

Inside, police waded through a sea of garbage, old newspapers and clutter before locating her.

Woodville Street neighbour John Parsons, who called the police on Sunday after detecting a smell, said he knew something was wrong when he went over to the house to investigate.

"The cat came out and was in a lot of distress,'' he said.

"Within a couple of minutes I decided to ring the police.'' Ms Schofield was last seen on Friday and is believed to have died of natural causes with her body decomposing in extreme heat.

Mr Parsons said the 63-yearold woman had little contact with people and was on a lot of medication.

"She rarely left her home and nobody ever really came by,'' he said. "They (police) had to get permission to gain entry.

Then someone came along with bolt cutters.''

The rundown house had bars on windows and multiple bolts on doors.

"Once they searched the house they opened up the front doors,'' he said. "The smell got a lot worse then.''

Mr Parsons, who has lived on the block for about 12 months, said Ms Schofield lived a lonely life. "It's a terrible way to go,'' he said.



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