Three siblings in Tokyo lived with their 88-year-old mother’s body for up to three years believing that she was not dead, but rather had become a God.
The two women, both 59, and their brother, 65, say they are not guilty of the crime of conspiring to abandon a body because their mother is actually still alive.
"Our mother has become a god. She is not dead but is in the process of being elevated into a higher being," the siblings told Usa police, according to Jiji Press.
A police spokesman said the skeleton appeared to be that of an 88-year-old woman, but that they await further confirmation from experts.
"We discovered today from an autopsy that the skeletonised body is that of a female who died two or three years ago, but we have to wait for the results if a DNA test to confirm her identity," the spokesman said.
Source: The National