Body found in man's Mesa apartment

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

MESA, Ariz. – Erik Grumpelt, 35, is under arrest for murdering his girlfriend, then living with her dead body for more than two months.

He was in the hospital after coming close to overdosing on drugs Sunday night at his dad’s house.  Police tell 3TV that Grumpelt is a self-admitted meth addict.  His father asked police to go to the apartment and check on the woman after his son told him about an accidental death.

Investigators say Grumpelt killed 39-year-old Malinda Raya by essentially beating her to death.  According to an arrest report obtained by 3TV, he tried to revive her, but couldn't, panicked, then hid her body in his bedroom.

Police say that Grumpelt even tried to cover the odor by wrapping Raya in blankets, but it became so powerful, even neighbors could smell it.  There were air freshners around the house, along with numerous air conditioning units.

Officers discovered her Monday when they broke down Grumpelt's door.  If convicted of murder charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.