Body Found In Local Apartment Sent for Autopsy

In the afternoon of Tuesday June 4, Los Alamos Police, OMI Deputy Carlos Gonzales and personnel from DeVargas Funeral Home carry a body from the Los Cerros Apartment Complex, 3000 Trinity Dr., near downtown Los Alamos to an awaiting vehicle. The body was removed from Apartment 95 in Building 9. The cause of death is awaiting autopsy results from the OMI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Officers wait just outside the apartment door of the deceased for a vehicle to arrive to transport the body to OMI for an autopsy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Police responded to a report at 1:53 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 of an unattended death in the Los Cerros Apartment Complex at 3000 Trinity Dr.

The body of Jack Ray Heath, 58, was on the floor in the master bedroom. According to the police report, the father of the deceased told the officers he had last seen his son Thursday, May 30, and that his son had an alcohol problem along with internal bleeding issues.

Police found two bottles of Jim Beam whiskey and three bottles of Jack Daniels at the apartment as well as 12 prescription bottles of Hydrocodone, one bottle of Amox (generic for Augmentin) and one bottle of Cephalexin (generic for Keflex), according to the police report. All the Hydrocodone bottles had been filled through a span of one year but the last four bottles had been filled within close proximity of each other in 2013. One was filled April 30 with 42 pills, another May 2 with 42 pills, another May 4 with 42 pills and the last filled May 16 with 42 pills.

OMI Deputy Carlos Gonzales placed a hold on the body to run a blood analysis and have an autopsy performed to determine the cause of death.

At about 4:30 p.m. June 4, representatives from DeVargas Funeral Home arrived and transported the body from the scene.

A vehicle from DeVargas Funeral Home arrives at the Los Cerros Apartment Complex to transport the body of a 58-year-old man to the OMI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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