Police: Man Lived With Dead Woman's Body

Neighbors complained about foul odor for more than a week.

By Marla Tellez and Caitlin Matalone
|  Thursday, Apr 28, 2011  |  Updated 6:48 AM PDT
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Police say a 63-year-old man has been living with the dead body of a woman inside his Santa Cruz apartment for more than a week.

Officers say they arrested John Clauer on Tuesday night  after neighbors complained of suspicious activity and a foul odor coming from his apartment on East Cliff Drive.

Police say they discovered the decomposing body of a woman in her 30's inside of Clauer's apartment unit.

Neighbors say the two were involved in some type of relationship.

Officers say Clauer is a 'person of interest' in the case pending autopsy results that will explain  how the woman died.

Clauer has a long criminal history. He has been on parole for the last two years after serving time for second-degree burglary.

He was most recently arrested less than two weeks ago for driving with a suspended license.

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