Body found in Montrose apartment ID'd as Houston woman
Police have identified the woman whose badly decomposed body was discovered in a Montrose apartment that her son asked police not to search.
The body of Abigal Saucedo was discovered inside her son’s apartment in the 600 block of Fairview near Hopkins about 8 a.m. Thursday, police said.
Police said Saucedo’s body was in an advanced stage of decomposition. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is expected to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Saucedo’s son, who was the woman’s caregiver, was taken to the Harris County Mental Health Service Center for evaluation. No charges have been filed so far.
Police said officers were dispatched to the four-plex apartment building for a welfare check regarding a foul odor in the area.
The officers and residents searched under and around the building and determined the odor was coming from one of the apartments.
When the officers spoke with a 31-year-old man in the apartment, he said his elderly mother was sick and he preferred the officers would search elsewhere.
But the officers asked him for permission to search the apartment and found Saucedo’s body. Neighbors at the apartment had complained of a stench.
"I could smell it as I worked on the electricity box outside the building," said Felipe Casares, a contractor for the building owner.
"There was a smell, and we thought there was a dead animal or something," said Michael Morgan, a neighbor. "We were going to check it out, but the cops came in the morning."
Sacuedo’s son was a stranger to neighbors.
"Nobody knows what went on in that apartment," said Casares, who said the man moved in about eight months ago. "He just came out to go to the store."
Reporter Dale Lezon contributed to this email@example.com
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