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Police officers who overlooked a Brooklyn grandmother’s killing could possibly face discipline, The New York Times reports.

Chief of detectives, Robert K. Boyce, addressed the death of 82-year-old Myrtle McKinney during a news conference on Wednesday. McKinney, who was initially believed to have died of natural causes, lived in a section of Brownsville, Brooklyn that was highly populated with older residents and caregivers. Police discovered McKinney under her kitchen table. Neighbors told authorities they had not seen the woman in over a month.

It appeared that she was dead for a few days before their arrival.

Chief Boyce admitted that detectives never made it to the scene of the crime, but didn’t explain why. An autopsy was never performed.

As her body was being prepared for burial, a funeral director noticed a small stab wound on the back of her neck and several broken ribs. This week, a medical examiner declared her death a homicide.

Boyce said there was no sign of an invasion at McKinney’s home and claimed “missteps” led to the discovery a month later. Neighbors were surprised to hear about the incident.

The patrol officers who responded to the scene have not been named.

SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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