Neighbor discovers woman’s body in home one year after her death

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. - Church members say that although they didn't see Toni Anderson, they weren't really concerned.

However, a discovery inside her mobile home stunned neighbors and friends.

Investigators told WTVR that a concerned neighbor realized that he hadn't seen Anderson in quite some time, so he decided to check on her.

Authorities say her mobile home was around 1,000 feet away from her closest neighbor.

"He was concerned that he had not seen her in a long time," said Det. Mark Stanton, with the Louisa Sheriff's Office. "When he went over there, he got to the door and knocked and no one answered the door. He saw a window was open in the back and he climbed in and called out her name and that's when he found Miss Anderson."

Stanton says that it appears Anderson died from natural causes sometime between September 2014 and December 2014.

"This has been a wake-up call for us," said Minister Evelima Thurston, who knew Anderson from church. "There are so many people out there living alone and if you know some of them, check on them. Now I wish I had called police and said, 'Please, check on her.' I knew that she wanted to go back to Maryland, so I assumed she just left. We shouldn't take anything for granted."

Anderson, who would have turned 52-years-old, was found dead in her bed, which led investigators to believe she passed away in her sleep.