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'Bad odor' led to discovery of dead body in Browne's Addition apartment

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Detectives investigate the scene where Richard Whipple was found dead in his Browne's Addition apartment Detectives investigate the scene where Richard Whipple was found dead in his Browne's Addition apartment
SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents released on Monday stated that it was a bad odor that led to the discovery of 66-year-old Richard Whipple's body last week in his Browne's Addition apartment. 


Whipple's apartment manager notified police that he had not seen Whipple for about a week. On Thursday morning, the apartment manager smelled a foul odor coming from Whipple's apartment and entered the unit. The manager found garbage "strewn about the apartment," and believed that was the source of the odor. A janitor removed several bags of garbage from the kitchen and living room and took them down to the dumpster, however the odor did not dissipate. 


The apartment manager again entered Whipple's residence and found him dead in a recliner under several laundry items and a pillow. 


Detectives entered the home and found Whipple covered with several pieces of clothing, a blanket and a pillow. They also found a pair of scissors on Whipple's chest area. They also observed several holes in Whipple's shirt. 


Court documents also show there was some type of electronic device, possibly a radio, next to Whipple, with the cord going up toward the area of Whipple's head. 


Detectives also found several beer cans on the kitchen countertop, women's clothing items in the bedroom closet and a wrapper from a feminine hygiene product on the bathroom floor. 


Detectives interviewed the social service coordinator at the apartment building, who told them she was aware of one woman visiting Whipple. That woman has not been charged with any crime, so we are not identifying her, however the social worker told police that same woman had a trespass warning issued to her back in April. The same social worker said she thought she saw that woman enter Whipple's apartment on or around September 25, 2014. 


Whipple's death was ruled a homicide. Detectives are still gathering evidence in the case. We will be sure to update as soon as any additional information is released. 



 

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