Police: Woman kept husband's body in bedroom closet for 2 years

By: Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Deputies serving an eviction notice at a home New Mexico home in May made a grisly discovery.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies said a decaying odor led them to the body of a man in the walk-in closet of the master bedroom, KOAT reported. 

The body was underneath blankets, and the head was propped by a pillow, deputies said. Air fresheners and containers of baking soda surrounded the body, deputies said.

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The woman who lived at the home said her husband died in April of 2015 and she was having a hard time coping, deputies said.

Authorities took the woman to a mental health facility for an evaluation.

The man's son, Thomas Huerta, told KOAT that the corpse was "mummified."

He said he tried to visit his parents last year but no one answered the door.

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