(AP, Seattle)A woman died in her room at the downtown Seattle YWCA and her body went undiscovered for seven weeks before it was found.

YWCA managers say the staff thought India Valdez was out of town visiting relatives. Finally she was reported missing to police who found the body Jan. 12 on the floor behind a bed.

(AP, Seattle)A woman died in her room at the downtown Seattle YWCA and her body went undiscovered for seven weeks before it was found.  

YWCA managers say the staff thought India Valdez was out of town visiting relatives. Finally she was reported missing to police who found the body Jan. 12 on the floor behind a bed.  

Because of the death, the YWCA says it has created a buddy system, and all tenants are being asked to sign a consent form to allow staff to conduct weekly checks.  

Valdez reportedly died of natural causes. An open window in her room prevented others from noticing the smell.  

YWCA spokeswoman Cathy MacCaul told KOMO-TV Valdez was called “Big Mama” and was known and loved by all 120 tenants.

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