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Blotter: Man found dead inside apartment, police say

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  • Madison Wilson
  • Julian Gill

Denton police found a man's dead and partially decomposed body, estimated to weigh about 500 pounds, inside his apartment in the 300 block of Fry Street, according to police spokesman Bryan Cose. 

Residents of the Campus Square Apartments started noticing a foul odor inside the building within the last four days, he said. An apartment employee eventually reported the smell to police as a medical emergency at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday, he said. 

Cose said firefighters and police officers forced entry into the locked apartment, where they found a deceased resident, who officers estimated to weight about 500 pounds, on a bed. 

The medical examiner said the man, believed to be in his 50s, had been dead for "several days," according to Cose. He said there is no evidence of foul play, and the official cause of death is not clear.

The man's identity has yet not been released. 

Wife catches husband with girlfriend, trashes apartment

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant Tuesday afternoon after her boyfriend's wife caught the two of them together and a disturbance ensued, according to a police report.

Police were initially dispatched to a home the 2400 block of North Bell Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. The man said his wife was "trashing" the inside of the apartment after catching him and his girlfriend together, according to the report.

After officers completed their investigation and the girlfriend left the scene, they were dispatched back to the home when the man's girlfriend returned, the report said. Police said another disturbance unfolded, but the man's wife left the scene during the second altercation.  

The girlfriend lied to responding officers multiple times about her identity before police discovered she had a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance in Wichita County, the report said. The girlfriend was also charged with failure to identify as a fugitive from justice, and she was taken to Denton City Jail. 

Other reports

1600 block of East McKinney Street — A 23-year-old man said he was punched in the face by his neighbor Tuesday night, according to a police report.

Officers arrived on the scene at about 7 p.m., but the neighbor had already left the Country Park Apartments, the report said. The report did not specify what led to the altercation, and no arrests were made.

900 block of West Eagle Drive — A male suspect discharged several fire extinguishers in the fifth-floor hallways of 33 North Apartments at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police report.

Police are investigating the incident. No arrests were made.

1100 block of Norman Street  — A black flatbed trailer belonging to a 62-year-old man was stolen from outside of his home sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to a police report.

No arrests were made.


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 935 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 56 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton firefighters responded to 17 medical calls, four vehicle crashes and two calls for public service. 

Denton police posted 13 reports online.