Elderly Irish woman lay dead in her home for months before being discovered

The woman's Wexford home
The woman's Wexford home

An elderly woman who lay dead for two months in her home before she was discovered had made it clear to neighbours and family that she valued her privacy.

The badly decomposed remains of Bridget Crosbie (84) were discovered in a downstairs room of her Wexford home on Friday evening after gardaí had forced their way into the property.

Gardaí do not suspect foul play. It is believed that Ms Crosbie died from natural causes and the property was fully secured when gardaí gained admittance.

However, a full post mortem examination will be conducted by the State Pathologist's Office at Waterford University Hospital, Ardkeen today.

It is suspected that Ms Crosbie may have been dead in the property since late September.

The electricity was turned on in her home at The Faythe in Wexford town.

Gardaí sought entry to the property after Ms Crosbie's relatives had been unable to contact her, despite repeated attempts, and they had become very concerned for her welfare.

Ms Crosbie was originally from Foulksmills, outside New Ross, but had lived in Wexford town over recent decades.

Locals said that Ms Crosbie was deeply religious. She would attend various religious ceremonies in Wexford and also had numerous religious pictures and statues scattered around her home.

The mayor of Wexford, Councillor Ger Carthy, described it as a very tragic case.

"It is devastating and very unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation once again," he said.

"On behalf of the Wexford people, I'd like to offer her family the deepest sympathies. Our hearts are with them at this difficult time."

People Before Profit Alliance councillor Deirdre Wadding added that the elderly woman was "known locally as a gentle soul".

Locals stressed that both Ms Crosbie's relatives and her Wexford neighbours had attempted to maintain regular contact with her over the years.

However, Ms Crosbie was fiercely protective of her privacy. One local said that she lived an almost reclusive life.

In June 2012, the body of Alan Moore (62) was discovered at his home on School Street, also in Wexford town, almost three months after his death from a heart attack.

Irish Independent