Police investigate dead body in Santa Cruz apartment

April 28, 2011 9:08:31 AM PDT
Santa Cruz police are trying to figure out why a man spent more than a week living with the body of a decomposing woman in a tiny studio apartment.

Investigators say they were called to the apartment earlier this week by neighbors who reported an unusual smell. Inside they found 63-year-old John Clauer living with the badly decomposed body of a 30-year-old woman. An autopsy is planned for this week.

Clauer has not been charged in the case but is being held for an unrelated parole violation.