Corpse Found Among Bedbug Infestation
Thursday, July 28, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --
Albuquerque police said they found a man's body in an apartment
infested with bed bugs on Wednesday, and now the complex might be
facing trouble with the city.
The safe city strike force said Uptown Park Apartments on Indian
School has had bed bug infestation since spring, and that there are
other code violations. The apartment manager said he admits there
is a problem, and they're shelling out thousands of dollars to fix
Police said bed bugs most likely didn't kill the man, but people
living in the building are very concerned about the
"It does matter because that's too close for comfort," said Mary
Glim, a neighbor.
Albuquerque city spokesman, Chris Ramirez, said, "On a low to a
high, we would consider this an extremely high level of bed bugs
found in these three units."
The apartment manager said in March, about 20 units out of 230
were infested. Since then, she said, they've spent $20,000 trying
to get rid of the bed bugs. She said three apartments were the only
ones that have an infestation problem now, and they were being
treated. One of those units was where the man was found dead.
Other code violations include not having fire extinguishers, or
smoke detectors where they should, and proper emergency exits. The
city is giving management seven days to bring the property up to
The name of the man who died has not yet been released pending
notification of family.
The city warns potential renters to look closely before leasing
an apartment at Uptown Park.
"We would not recommend living in any of those three units,"
Neighbor Iris Crespin said, "I think it's scary that somebody
died. But the bedbugs, that's just really gross."
"We're not citing the owner today, but what we have said is,
'We're putting you on warning,'" Ramirez said.
Neighbors said they're surprised by the news of the death and
the information about the bedbugs is spreading.
"I haven't had any problems, but I've heard about them," Crespin
Police have not said whether the death has any connection to the
bug infestation. They're waiting on the results of an autopsy.