Police estimate man had been dead a month in his home

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police discovered a dead body Sunday after neighbors in the 500 block of Escobar Street noticed authorities about a foul smell coming from a nearby house.

The body found in the house was that of George Vela Leal, 54.

"The neighbors said that they hadn't seen their neighbor in about a month," Police Chief Danny Bueno said.

"A whole month went by, by the time the man was found."

According to police, neighbors called police because they were concerned since they hadn't seen Leal in about a month.

The foul odor coming from the house in the 500 block of Escobar prompted neighbors to call police.

The body was found on the floor in between a bedroom and bathroom, police said.

Justice of Peace Precinct 1 Alonso Villarreal pronounced Leal dead at 5 p.m. Sunday, but Bueno said Leal was probably dead for about a month. Police requested an autopsy and the case is still under investigation.