So small were the remains that the first officer who looked in the bedroom did not see her at all. He was not the only person to overlook Natalie Jean Wood. During the eight years she lay dead "Natalie wood sydney" forgotten in her Surry Hills terrace, cobwebs covered the furniture and part of the ceiling fell away.
Her power and pension were cut off.
Outside, a forest grew and grew until a tree spread into an upstairs room. Still, no one stopped to wonder what happened to the well-dressed woman at Kippax Street. When police found Wood on the floor by her bed in Julya month before her 87th birthday, she was little more than a skeleton and a set of bright pink dentures.
Animals had gnawed holes in bones still greasy and smelly. "Natalie wood sydney," in the kitchen, officers found cans of instant coffee and condensed milk long since past their use-by dates. The exterior and interior of where Natalie Wood lived. That she was not missed for about eight years - not by relatives, not by the City of Sydney council, not by Centrelink nor her bank nor utility companies - is among the issues to be considered by Natalie wood sydney coroner on Thursday.
Closely following the inquest will be Wood's sister-in-law, Enid Davis, and some of Wood's cousins, all of whom are staking claim to her estate: Wood - dubbed ''the woman Sydney forgot'' - is attracting more attention now from some relatives than she ever did, alive or dead. Natalie Wood Natalie wood sydney the age of Police say the cause of her death "will be forever undetermined" because of the time it took to find her body.
Kippax Street is an inner-city stretch of "Natalie wood sydney" packed terraces and women's clothing wholesalers behind Central Station. Many residents are transient: The setting is not too grim: Jenny, who declines to give her surname, says people there look out for each other. People Natalie wood sydney such busy lives.
Forensic pathologist Dr John Hilton says neighbours might not have smelt Wood's decomposing body, even as it lay beneath a broken window facing the street. The last confirmed sighting of Wood was on December 30,when she filled a prescription for blood pressure tablets at a local pharmacy. She had been in hospital after complaining of ''funny turns'' but went home on December 1, after declining offers for respite care and home assistance.
The police statement to the coroner suggests Wood died a month later after she fell in her bedroom, perhaps suffering a stroke, and could not get up. The cause of her death that hot summer ''will be forever undetermined'', police say, because of the time it took to find her body. He met Wood only once, while on a family camping holiday as a young boy.
Despite this, he is among five of Wood's cousins who argue they are entitled to the proceeds of her estate. Their joint claim is contested by Davis, who was married to Wood's brother, Vane Herbert Davis, who died in The coroner's decision as to the date of Wood's death is crucial to any subsequent claim in the Supreme Court, says wills and estates specialist Darryl Browne. Wood had no will, spouse or children and her parents were long dead.
Browne says if she is ruled to have died inwhile her brother was alive, any spoils would be likely awarded by the Supreme Court to his estate, of which Enid Davis is the sole beneficiary. The laws of intestacy changed in If the date of death remains the day Wood's body was discovered inafter her brother had died, her estate will be likely shared equally between her cousins, as her closest Natalie wood sydney relatives. It matters little under the law whether they visited or cared for her while she was alive, Browne says.
It is an indictment on society, on all her relatives, her neighbours, the gas people, water people, social security. The inside of Kippax Street looks the Natalie wood sydney as in the crime scene photographs.
On a recent weekday, I peep through the keyhole to see cobwebs coating the floors and walls. Dust and dirt are everywhere. She introduces herself as Robyn Gregory, who lives in a boarding house nearby, and says she often saw Wood sitting on her front steps many years ago.
But I'm staying here till the day I die. Later, after media reports of Wood's death, people left flowers on the front steps and footpath. It's a throwaway society. Everything is recyclable, even people. Mrs Wood was born on August 11,and grew up at Kippax Street with her brother and their parents, Phyllis and Herbert.
cousin John Newlyn, who is not part of "Natalie wood sydney" claim, often stayed as a young man.
In aboutNewlyn, who lives in Wamboin, near Canberra, walked up Kippax Street but found the home looking empty and derelict. He did not knock. She remembers her sister-in-law as friendly and well-dressed, stubborn and vain, standing centimetres in neat slacks and shoes that matched her handbag and jewellery. She says Wood wore a straw hat in summer and berets in winters over thinning grey hair, which she dyed brown at home.
InNatalie wood sydney the age of 20, Natalie met and married navy seaman Douglas Wood. They moved to Melbourne "Natalie wood sydney" the war but, when the marriage ended five years later, she returned to Kippax Street to live with her mother. Inthey moved in with Enid and Vane at their home in Chifley and later had their mail redirected there. Inlong after her mother died, Wood returned home. The siblings soon lost contact with each other, particularly as Vane became housebound with prostate cancer.
Inwhen Vane was admitted to hospital, Enid Davis asked police to help track down her sister-in-law. Intwo years after her husband's death, she tried again.
Her solicitor met police at Kippax Street with the key. Davis was not the only one who stopped wondering about Wood's whereabouts.