'Skeleton woman' dead in front of TV for years (Filed: 13/04/2006) A woman's skeleton was discovered in her flat three years after she is believed to have died, it emerged today. Joyce Vincent was surrounded by Christmas presents and the television and heating in her bedsit were still on. The 40-year-old's body was so decomposed that the only way to identify her was to compare dental records with a holiday photograph. Police believe she probably died of natural causes in early 2003, and was only found in January this year when housing association officials broke into the bedsit in Wood Green, North East London. They were hoping to recover the thousands of pounds of rent arrears that had piled up since her death. Details of the case emerged during an inquest at Hornsey Coroner's Court, which was attended by relatives including Ms Vincent's sisters. A spokesman for the coroner said today that Ms Vincent had apparently been a placed in the women's refuge accommodation as a victim of domestic violence. When representatives from the Metropolitan Housing Trust arrived at the flat on Jan 25 they drilled the door open and discovered stacks of unopened post. Some mail was marked February 2003, and medication and food had February 2003 expiry dates, the spokesman said. Ms Vincent was found lying on her back on the floor of the living room, which also doubled as a bedroom. Dr Simon Poole, a pathologist, told the inquest he had been unable to establish the cause of death because the remains were "largely skeletal", but police do not regard the circumstances as suspicious. The coroner recorded an open verdict.