Mummified remains mystery: Clerical error or voting fraud? - New York News

Mummified remains unravel new mystery: Clerical error or voting fraud?

Posted: Updated:
An undated photo of Pia Farrenkopf. An undated photo of Pia Farrenkopf.
The home in Pontiac where the body was discovered. The home in Pontiac where the body was discovered.
  • Mummified remains unravel new mystery: Clerical error or voting fraud?More>>

  • Officials identify mummified remains of woman found in Pontiac home

    Officials identify mummified remains of woman found in Pontiac home

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 17:39:06 GMT
    Home in Pontiac where officials found mummified remains in March of 2014. Home in Pontiac where officials found mummified remains in March of 2014.
    Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there alone. Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing.
    Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there alone. Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing.
PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) -

Voting records are raising questions amid an investigation into the discovery of a woman's mummified body in the garage of a suburban Detroit home.

No cause of death has been ruled for the woman and she has not been positively identified yet, although she's believed to be 49-year-old Pia Farrenkopf. But records show Farrenkopf, who is speculated to have died at least five years ago, voted in person in the November 2010 gubernatorial election.

"When we realized that she actually voted in the general election, but didn't vote for ten years either prior or after, that's what raised my suspicion to do a little bit more digging," says Rocky Raczkowski of the Michigan Republican Party.

The Pontiac Deputy Clerk tells FOX 2 the assumption is a clerical error, but only two documents can prove that: a poll book or voter application. Both were destroyed in 2012.

"In 2010, a lot of problems happened in our election in Pontiac. For example there was one precinct that had 802 votes cast for our opponent, and one for ours. And mathematically, that just doesn't make sense," says Raczkowski.

He adds Farrenkopf missed the 2012 presidential election.

Her ballot also passed through two different people.

"The chance of a clerical error is probably 99.9 percent against [it]. I think somebody's pulling the wool over our eyes. This is election fraud," says Raczkowski.

Although photo identification is preferred for voters, a provisional ballot can be used. That requires your name, address and signature in place of ID.

"We watched so many people go through that precinct, just one precinct that day, that didn't have identification, that weren't registered voters. They weren't looking them up. And I said, it was like they were a well-oiled machine. Those people knew what they were doing. But I can tell that I witnessed voter fraud that more than one person was participating in and nobody was willing to stop it," a poll worker named "Patty" tells FOX 2's Erika Erickson.

"It's a problem that we need to address, and that our state legislature and our governor need to take seriously," says Raczkowski.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
  • Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:08:03 GMT
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
  • Bratton: 'not happy'

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:48:41 GMT
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices