The body of a pensioner missing for four years was found at home in a bag stashed in a gully

The remains of Sylvia Frens, of Colorado, USA, were found after police received reports of a garbage bag in a storm drain at the property

Sylvia Frens of Colorado
The body of Colorado native Sylvia Frens has been found

The body of a woman who has been missing for four years was found in a bag stuffed in a gully at her home.

Sylvia Frens’ remains were reportedly found after police followed an odor at her home, which is now occupied by someone else.

The current resident reportedly reported a garbage bag in the shaft in March.

Inside, the remains of Sylvia from the state of Colorado in the United States were discovered.

An autopsy revealed that Sylvia tragically died from a blow to the head and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, police said.

Sylvia Frens pictured when she was younger


Grand Junction PD)

The 82-year-old was reported missing by her daughter in 2018.

Her son Richard Vandervelde, 54, was charged with first-degree murder on May 29 Daily Star.

Vandervelde, who was living with her at the time of her disappearance, was also charged with manipulation of a deceased human body, identity theft, theft of a motor vehicle and misuse of a corpse, police said.

Her son Richard Vandervelde was living with her at the time of her disappearance


Grand Junction PD)

Police reportedly found that Vandervelde used his mother’s debit cards and allegedly withdrew more than US$10,000 (£8,000) in cash, but later claimed his mother authorized him to use her cards.

He was also reportedly accused of using her car.

Vandervelde was arrested in Florida in May this year and is being held on $1 million bail at the Mesa County Detention Facility in Colorado after being extradited to the state.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 21.

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