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‘Mummified’ body found in bathtub during burglary investigation

Bullhead City Police Department
Bullhead City Police Department

Bullhead City, Arizona–
Authorities investigating a home burglary are reporting that they discovered the ‘mummified’ remains of the homeowner inside a bathroom.
The discovery was made around 3:30 a.m., on Sept. 10th at a home in the 100 block of Palm Avenue.
Authorities were alerted to the home due to a call about a burglary in process.
When the Bullhead City Police Department arrived at the home, they could tell that someone forced their way inside:
“There were pry marks on the door indicating forced entry into the home,” according to officials.
Once inside, officials found the body of the homeowner in a mumified state inside of a bathtub and 65-year-old Christine Lee Walters rummaging through the property.
It was revealed that Walters did not live at the home and she was taken into custody.
Authorities say Walters had been at the property on September 8th as well, where she stole purses, bags, and clothing from the victim to sell online.
Investigators received a search warrant for Walters’ home and found more of the victim’s things including her birth certificate, IRS paperwork, driver’s license, and credit cards.
Drug paraphernalia items and a useable amount of methamphetamine were also discovered at Walters’ home.
Walters was booked on two counts of burglary at the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.
It is unclear how the victim died or how long she’s been in that state.
Neighbors told authorities that they hadn’t seen the woman for about a year and assumed she moved.