FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers woman admits to living with her mother's dead body for more than a year. Deputies found the remains in June and condemned the home. Now, the daughter is fighting to keep from losing the house for good.
Gail Andrews hasn't lived here since June when deputies found her mothers decomposing body. Andrews said she knew her home wasn't safe to live in after the roof was damaged by two hurricanes. That's why she didn't want to let authorities inside... even after her mother died more than a year ago.
"No one wants to be on the street. No one wants that kind of life, so I did the unthinkable, according to most people. I know it's shocking and horrifying, but I did the only thing I could do."
Now, her home is set to be demolished September 17th, unless the structural damage is fixed before then.
"This is everything I have lived through for... I'm 61 years old. To part with things that may be unimportant to other people are important to me, emotionally. I'm exploring all kinds of possibilities to see if I can save my home."
Volunteers have already been out helping Andrews clean up.
"To see all of that go needlessly would be... it isn't just the structure. It's the history of my entire life. I'd like to see the house saved, if anything for the memory of my parents. What I will do from now, I don't know. I have no idea."
Andrews said that home has been in her family for three generations. She said it was hard to keep up with the maintenance while caring for both of her sick parents.