Police in East Texas find woman living with corpse

BIG SANDY, Texas (AP) - A 45-year-old Texas woman has been committed for mental evaluation after authorities say she lived in an apartment for a week with her dead boyfriend's body.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports Big Sandy police were flagged down by a man Friday who reported a stentch coming from his sister's apartment.

Once inside, police found 50-year-old William Drake dead on a couch. From the condition of the corpse, police believe he had been dead about a week.

According to police Lt. Van Burr, the woman said Drake "didn't want to leave the apartment."

Burr said Drake died of natural causes and had recently stopped his dialysis treatments. He says Drake had lived for 10 years with the woman, who had been hospitalized for mental illness before. Burr declined to reveal her name.

Big Sandy is about 100 miles east of Dallas.
Information from: Tyler Morning Telegraph,

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