If not for the burglars, the body probably would have still remained undiscovered. The municipality release said the apartment had been located on Raņķa dambis, a street on the left bank of Daugava between two of the busiest bridges of the Latvian capital.
The tenant, possibly a 1959-born woman, had been missing utility payments for years.
As costs spiraled, in 2013 the tenant was sued by the housing management company Rīgas Namu Pārvaldnieks (RNP) for non-payment.
The company insists it had no right to enter the apartment. The tenant was in working age therefore they assumed the person had emigrated.
The apartment was burglarized at the beginning of this year and, upon investigating the burglary, unidentified human remains were found in the apartment. The police are trying to confirm the identity of the dead person and the cause of death.
State Police spokeswoman Diāna Lūkina told LETA that the municipality had reported discovery of a body to the police on February 11.
According to still-unconfirmed information, the dead woman in the apartment is its tenant born in 1959.