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* John Clauer parolee arested after Santa Cruz police find a decomposing body of a 30-year-old woman in his apartment

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UPDATE Click Here April 29, 2011 Heather Stearns found dead in parolee John Clauer’s home in Santa Cruz

An unusual smell led Santa Cruz police this week to a 63-year-old parolee who had been living for several days with the decomposing body of a 30-year-old woman, according to police.Officers responded at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday to John Clauer’s apartment in the 1100 block of East Cliff Drive after the smell was reported. There, they found Clauer and the body of the woman, who had apparently been living with Clauer at the time her death, according to police.

“Due to the state of decomposition, it was clear that the body had been in the apartment for several days,” police said in a statement.Detectives are working to determine how the woman died and why Clauer didn’t report the death. It was also not immediately clear whether Clauer and the woman were romantically involved or just roommates. Clauer is being held at Santa Cruz County Jail on a probation hold, police said.

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