A 47-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital after locking herself at home for 18 years.
The woman spent nearly two decades inside her home with her mother and sister without ever stepping outside.
Authorities said her leg muscles were so weak she couldn’t even walk properly due to lack of physical activities.
Police from Malaga’s Homicide Group looked for the unnamed woman after her uncle reported her missing.
After getting a warrant to enter their property, she was found with her two relatives who refused to cooperate with the police. Officers discovered that the woman had not renewed her ID for years.
In a statement, a National Police spokesperson said: “National Police officers have found a 47-year-old woman who had spent the last 18 years inside her home in Malaga.
“She had been reported missing by an uncle who said he hadn’t seen his niece for nearly two decades. In that 18-year period there was no public register of her movements.
“The last renewal of her ID card dated back to 2001 and there was no evidence of medical assistance.
“When the woman was found her leg muscles were wasted because of a lack of physical activity which prevented her from walking normally.
“She lived at the property with her elderly mum and a sister of around the same age who went out rarely, got their shopping delivered to them at home, and didn’t have much to do with their neighbours.”
The spokesman continued: “The decision to get a court warrant and access the property was taken out of fear this woman could be at risk.
“All previous attempts to get her mum to let police into the property had failed.”
The three members of the family have already agreed to be taken to a hospital for a checkup.
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