Woman hid flatmates rotting corpse in bedroom and hosted parties around it

A woman allegedly hid her flatmate's dead body in a bedroom and continued throwing parties, police have said.

It's said the former flatmate's rotting corpse remained 'for some time' in a room after she had died of an alleged drugs overdose.

Authorities were only tipped off about the roommates' body when a welfare check was ordered and officers attended the property.

Stephanie Hillburn, 43, now faces a felony charge of concealment of a human corpse, which is punishable by up to four years in prison.

According to the local news reports, News 10, the grim discovery was made on Valentine's Day this year.

Cops received a call requesting a welfare check on 62-year-old Patricia Barter, who shared an apartment with Hillburn and a third roommate, Deborah Eglin, in the 100 block of Byard Street, New York.

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Officers attending said Hillburn and Eglin appeared 'visibly nervous' when asked to speak with Barter.

The pair then directed the police to Barter's bedroom, where they found the woman's corpse rotting on the bed.

Investigators said they did not call the police to report the flatmate's death because they feared the officers would uncover other unspecified illegal activity at the property.

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At some point between February and last week, Hillburn went on the run.

She was later located by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on an active warrant of arrest, police said.

She was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop in Amsterdam, New York, on August 11, according to Leader Herald.

During a search, she was said to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

An investigation determined that Barter likely died of a drug overdose during the week of February 6, 2021, and her body was moved to the bedroom by accused Hillburn and Eglin.

Eglin is in state prison on an unrelated charge, a felony count of criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

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