JANESVILLE, Wis. — A couple checking out a house for sale were shocked to discover the 55-year-old homeowner dead in her bed. Authorities said foul play was not suspected.
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Real estate agent Linda Chabucos-Galow stood in the dining room while Justin and Colleen McKeen walked through a house Monday night. Before long, she heard Colleen McKeen scream.
"I thought, 'What's wrong?' Maybe it was a dead mouse or something," Chabucos-Galow said.
But then she peered into the bedroom and saw the body of Linda L. O'Leary.
An autopsy determined O'Leary had been dead for two to three weeks, Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach said Wednesday. The cause of death remained under investigation, but the woman appeared to have died of natural causes and no foul play was suspected, Keach said.
Gale Kent, the Coldwell Banker First United Realty agent who listed the house, said it was for sale "for a while."
Chabucos-Galow said she had noticed a faint odor but thought it was from the mess in the house or the countertop full of dishes.
After seeing the body, she said she told the couple: "'We need to leave. This is not right. We need to get out of here.'"
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