Pia Farrenkopf

Modern mummy

Biographical Information
Name(s) Pia Farrenkopf
Age 44
Sex Female
Status Deceased
Height Unknown
Culture Unknown
Date(s) 1965-2009
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog # N/A


Pia Farrenkopf was born September 16, 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born into a large family of 9 children and they did not have an easy childhood. Their father, Joseph Farrenkopf died in 1981, when Pia was still high school. About a year after the father's death one of Pia's brother passed away. She graduated from Cardinal Cushing Central High School, which was an all girls catholic school in South Boston, in 1983. Her high school principal described Pia as smart, but a bit of loner. She also said that Pia was someone who did not get close to others. Pia was treasurer of the National Honour Society and won an art award in high school. She went to the University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 1983 on scholarship. However, she attended the university off and on and took some classes at Bunker Hill Community College in 1985. Despite, going to two post-secondary schools Pia never graduated from either. She was never married and didn't have any children of her own, but she had many nephews and nieces. The few friend's Pia had said she loved crossword puzzles and was a fan of Lost and Star Trek. They described her as a private and neat person. Joan Gill Strack an old friend that Pia had a falling out with said she was a good and fun person, but that others would say she was a no non-sense type of person and blunt. Strack also said that Pia could easily cut people out of her life. As well, Pia was known for going years with out contacting her family and then suddenly calling them. Before Pia died she was working for ALLTEL information services, where she traveled to Scotland, England and all over the United States to do her Job. Pia was said to have been doing well and she even wanted to open her own small business.



Pia Farrenkopf jeep being taken out of the garage

Pia was found mummified in her garage inside the backseat of her Jeep Liberty with gas still in her car. She had been in the backseat of her car for five years before being discovered by two repairmen who had come to fix the roof. When Pia was found she was surrounded by hundreds of unopened letters, several empty packs of cigarette, $500 cash in here pocket and a partially full wine bottle. The police were unable to find any figure prints of the wine bottle. Pia's mummified body was able to be identified though DNA; however, her cause was of death could not be determined. Through an autopsy, it was discovered that her organs her very dried out and mummified to the point where a cause of death was impossible to determine.



Pia Farrenkof cause of death was undetermined due to the state of her mummified body.

Additional InfoEdit

  • Before Pia was found dead all her letters in the mail would pile up and then the postmen would be taken back to the post office as unclaimed.
  • Mortgage payments on her house were being deducted automatically from her bank account until the money ran out. Because the bank foreclosed the house and needed to repair it, they sent two repairmen who discovered her body.
  • She was said to have been last seen February 25, 2009, after withdrawing $1,500 from her checking account.
  • Her neighbors would clear her drive way and mow her lawn because they thought her was still living, but away on business. After a little while, they thought she moved away.
  • The police found her house trashed with empty soda bottles, unopened mail, clothing and black mold.
  • In 2005, after Pia had no shown up for a month her neighbors called the police. When the police arrived at her house they found her cat and dog that were thought to have been abandoned. Her cat and dog were later adopted when it was made clear that Pia would not be coming to claim them.
  • Pia old high school was closed down and replaced with an apartment building.

References Edit

Anderson, E. (2015, February 28). Mummified women was dead for 5 years and no one. Retrieved from

D'Amato, P. (2015, March 1).  How did a middle class with 9 siblings lie dead and unnoticed for 5 years. Retrieved from

Murphy, D. (2015, March 1). Mummified Michigan woman’s death unsolved a year later. Retrieved from

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