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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:57 pm | Updated: 5:52 pm, Mon Nov 24, 2014.

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY) - Decatur Police found an elderly woman living with her husband's body inside his Decatur home Friday.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn confirms 75-year-old Jessie Kirby had been dead at least a month before authorities found him.

Decatur police officers went to 1632 Chestnut Drive Friday for a welfare check after they were told family members hadn't heard from them in a month. They found Kirby deceased in his bed.

Officers also found his wife, 78-year-old Doris Kirby inside the home. They say Doris had been living in the house with her dead husband for at least a month. Police say she has Alzheimer’s and was unaware of her surroundings.

Neighbors who knew the couple said they had no idea something was wrong

"She had been out on the porch, fiddling around out there doing something, and then one day I saw her go out there to the mailbox. Its hard to hear because well I had known her a long time... We all live here close together, and its just a crying shame that nobody knew anything about it," said neighbor Dean Hayes.

Officers say Jesse Kirby died of natural causes. Doris was taken to Decatur general hospital.

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