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

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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.
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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.

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