From The Kansas City Star.
Posted on Tue, Jul. 15, 2003
Kansas City police have determined the identity of a man found under a motel room mattress Sunday but have not been able to notify relatives.
Because of that, police were not releasing the man's name.
An autopsy was performed Monday on the 60-year-old man. The medical examiner did not issue a cause of death, pending the results of toxicology tests. Police said the man was not shot or stabbed. Police said case was suspicious but had not been ruled a homicide.
The victim checked into room 249 of the Capri Motel, 1437 Independence Ave., last week. Police believe he died between July 8 and 10.
Another guest checked into the same room Friday and noticed an odor. The guest complained, but the motel workers told him there was nothing they could do. The man stayed in the room until Sunday, when he left because of the stench. An employee cleaning the room moved the mattress and found the body.
The mattress was sitting on wood slats so the body was not visible until the employee moved the mattress.
Police tracked down the guest who complained of the odor and interviewed him. They don't believe he was connected to the man's death.
Now I do have to say, the Capri Motel isn't one of the better ones in the city. It does have a reputation of it's own. It has been shut down or raided several times over the years as it is a favored hang-out of prostitutes, drug dealers and transients.
But even so, if you smell a stench, you shouldn't be told, "Oh, there's nothing we can do about that, don't worry about it."