Discovery of dead body forces neighboring family out of apartment
THORNTON, Colo. (KDVR) -- A gruesome situation at an apartment complex in Thornton is forcing one family out of their home, and it they might not be able to return for weeks.
A decomposing body was found inside an apartment at the View Point Apartments near 104th Avenue. The body was discovered after a toilet flooded the unit and the water seeped into another unit.
The man's body was lying in several inches of sewage water and police say it had been there for more than a week.
Police believe the man died of natural causes.
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The deceased man did have a roommate but it is not clear why he didn't report the death.
That's the part neighbors can't understand.
"Why didn't that guy tell somebody that his friend died? Like, you're living with a dead body for that long?" asked Lorae Arellano, a 16 year old who lives in the apartment across the hall.
The body was discovered Tuesday night, when waste water seeped into the Arellano's apartment across the hall.
"They said, you know, we're recommending you guys call a 24-hour crime scene cleanup crew out here to get this water out, because it's contaminated," said Maelynn Arellano.
Maelynn Arellano said she called building management late Tuesday night to inform them of the issue, but says management didn't call a cleaning crew until Wednesday afternoon.
"It's extremely contaminated, so I can't go in my apartment," Maelynn Arellano said.
When the crime scene cleanup crew arrived, she says they told her her family needed to move out for a week.
"You need to get, for you and your kids, a week's worth of stuff, medications, paperwork, whatever you need for your infant and for your other daughter and yourself for a week," she said.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers found out the Arellanos could actually be forced out of their home for a month, or even longer. A restoration crew tearing out the toxic carpet and walls found asbestos and deemed both apartments unsafe.
"I don't have anywhere else to go. This is my home," said Maelynn.
Now, the family has only what Larae Arellano was able to grab when crews allowed her to cover her face, hands and feet and rush inside.
Management would not speak with us on Thursday about the problem or what they are doing to fix it.
The Red Cross did give the Arellanos a voucher for several nights in a hotel but the family is worried about what will happen after that.
As for the body, police say they are not looking at criminal charges for the roommate who apparently did not call 911.
The name of the man found dead has not yet been released.