Body found in Fountain home has likely been there for a year and a half

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — The body of a woman found inside a home in Fountain has likely been there for a year and a half.

Neighbors tell FOX21, 52-year-old Simone Daye lived in the home on Woodsong Way with her husband Rodney until he became ill and died. They say she was from Germany and assumed she went back to grieve his loss.

To hear she’s dead and her body has been there for so long, they say it’s heartbreaking.

“Everybody is shocked,” said John Cronin. “When I found out about it, it was a few days ago, I was numb and we’re just numb. It was like, I talked to my wife and it was like, ‘Oh my God, can you believe it?’ It wasn’t that nobody put forth the effort to try to find out what was going on.”

Cronin has known the couple since he moved to the neighborhood 15 years ago. He says he remembers seeing Simone a few days after Rodney’s death.

Cronin said, “I asked her if she was okay and she said she was fine, which is I guess to be expected you know, but she was probably greatly depressed.”

Some weeks went by and neighbors starting noticing newspapers piling up in the driveway. Eventually someone called police to check on her.

Lt. Brian Pearson with the Fountain Police Department said, “Our officers will go out and knock on the door, try to look through any open windows that they can to see if there’s anything out of the ordinary that they can see.”

Because everything looked normal, police say they can’t enter for no reason.

“In situations say where there’s an extreme odor or something like that, that would prompt the officers to seek out a warrant to gain entry to the house to see if there was something inside the house that was outside of the ordinary,” said Lt. Pearson. “Other than that we just unfortunately can’t, if somebody’s requested a well-fare, just take someone’s door down.”

About 16 months later, Simone’s body was found in her bed as the new owner was walking through the house after he bought it at an auction.

“From the sounds of the circumstances, how they found her body and of course the house and everything, I’m sure she died of a broken heart,” said Cronin.

Neighbors say they were a lovely couple, though quiet and to themselves, they would always be there if someone needed a hand.

Public administrators are still sifting through the belongings inside the house to determine who will inherit them. The exact cause of death is still unknown.

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