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Mystery as mother, 45, and her 18-year-old twin daughters are found starved to death inside a locked flat in Austria

  • Decomposing bodies of 45-year-old mother and twins, 18, were found Tuesday
  • Detectives say they either died at the end of March or the beginning of April 
  • There were no signs of violence on the bodies, women had not been poisoned and the flat was locked with no indication of forced entry 
  • There was no note left behind and police admit they have no idea why trio died

Mystery surrounds the bodies of a 45-year-old mother and her twin daughters who have been found starved to death inside a locked flat in Austria.

The woman and her 18-year-old girls were discovered inside the apartment in Vienna, Austria’s capital, on Tuesday, but officers believe their bodies have been laying there for almost two months.

Detectives said they have found no motive, no farewell letters and no evidence of violence or coercion, and admit that they have no idea why three adult women would allow themselves to starve.  

The remains of the mother, 45, and her twin daughters, 18, were found Tuesday in an apartment in this street in Vienna, but police believe they have been dead for two months

‘It is not always possible to explain everything completely,’ officers told Wein Orf, adding only that it appears that the women had intended to die.

Family records show that the mother had been into a women’s shelter three times in 2013, 2014 and 2015, when it was suspected that she was suffering from some kind of mental illness.

However, she was not committed to any kind of mental health facility and was allowed to keep caring for her two daughters.

School records seen by Vienna Online show the girls were slow to progress at school, but were otherwise healthy.

Social workers referred to them as shy, quiet children, but did not raise any further concerns about them. 

They were taken out of school in autumn 2016, when it was no longer compulsory.

In December the same year social services were sent back to the family over fears of neglect, with supervision lasting until March 2017 when workers were satisfied enough to depart.

Authorities had no further contact with the trio until this week, when a friend got in contact to say they were worried and had not heard from the family for some time.

Police were sent to the Floridsdorf suburb of Vienna and had to break into the house after finding the door locked.

Inside, they found the body of the mother in the hallway, with the twin girls found together on the sofa, Oe24 reports.

There was no sign of violence on the bodies, no sign of forced entry, and an autopsy revealed they had not been poisoned.

The only indication of their fate – later confirmed by an autopsy – was that there was no food in the house. 

Investigations are ongoing.


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