The body of an elderly woman who is believed to have died up to 12 years ago has been found inside a home after she failed to show up for her Covid-19 vaccination.
Police launched an investigation into the 'unexplained' death after the woman's body was discovered inside the home she shared with her husband in Cove, Aberdeen last Thursday.
Sources said the woman may have died as long as 12 years ago, and it is understood her body was found after she failed to show up for her coronavirus vaccination appointment.
It is also understood that her husband claimed his wife was abroad when asked where she was.
It is unclear whether he has been questioned in relation to the death.
Police launched an investigation into an 'unexplained' death after a woman's body was discovered in Cove, Aberdeen last Thursday. Pictured: Police at the scene on February 25
The woman is believed to have died several years ago, and it is understood her body was found after she failed to show up for her coronavirus vaccination appointment
Police Scotland said the death is being treated as 'unexplained', adding a post-mortem will now take place to establish how the woman died.
A spokesperson said: 'Officers were called to an address in Allison Close, Aberdeen, on Thursday, February 25, after the body of a woman was found within.
'The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.'
Following the discovery of the body, forensic officers were seen entering the property the woman had shared with her husband.
It is unclear whether the man had lived in the home when the body was found.
Alex Nicoll, of Aberdeen City Council, today shared his sympathies with the family involved, while charity Age Scotland urged Britons to check in with their elderly neighbours.
Mr Nicoll said: 'This is very, very sad, not only for the person involved but also for the family and friends who will be affected.
Pictured: Police Scotland outside the home in Cove, Aberdeen after the body was found
Police said the death is being treated as 'unexplained', adding a post-mortem will now take place to establish how the woman died
'My thoughts and sympathies go out to all of them at what is an especially difficult time. It is terribly, terribly sad news.'
Brian Sloan, chief executive of Age Scotland, explained isolation is becoming a growing issue among the elderly in the pandemic - with thousands going weeks without a call or visit.
He said: 'Before the pandemic, we estimated there was one chronically lonely older person on every street in Scotland.
'We now believe this is much worse, with more older people feeling isolated and cut off than ever before. This is having a devastating impact on both mental and physical health.
'It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, especially with Covid-19 restrictions in place. But we can all help to look out for older people in our communities.
'Simply taking the time to get to know your neighbours, or having a friendly call or blether on the doorstep, could make a huge difference to someone who is isolated.
'If you're concerned or haven't seen someone for a while, then we would encourage you to check they are doing okay and ask if they need any help.'