Police are investigating after an 82-year-old woman died at a home in Auckland yesterday.
Neighbours say they understand she died following a burglary at the house in St Georges Ave, Avondale.
It's understood the woman was home alone when the burglary took place.
Police have confirmed that there was a burglary but said they did not have evidence to link it to the woman's death.
Investigators are continuing to treat her death as unexplained as they await post-mortem results.
The woman's son-in-law told 1 NEWS that they are shocked by her death and are anxious to get her body back.
"In to the window in the house, everything is all scattered in the house," he said. "We don't know [if she died soon after], but the body is right in front the bedroom door on the floor."
The woman's body will remain inside the house for the time being while forensic examinations continue.