Garden Grove : Death of Man, 75, Now Thought to Be Murder

Police say they are launching a homicide investigation into the death of a 75-year-old man, whose badly decomposed body was found on the floor of his Garden Grove apartment.

Police said Heinrich Uhlembusch had been dead for at least a week when his body was discovered Tuesday afternoon in his apartment in the 9500 block of Washington Avenue. Officers had been alerted by neighbors, who said that Uhlembusch had not been seen for some time and that a strange odor was coming from the residence.

Police said they initially believed that the man had died of natural causes, but a coroner’s autopsy conducted Wednesday revealed that the body sustained blows to the head and a stab wound to the torso, Police Sgt. Bruce Beauchamp said.

“The body was in a bad state of decomposition . . . . It’s tough to tell what happened when a body looks like that,” he added.


Police found bloodstains on the walls and furniture, but there was no evidence to indicate robbery as the motive at this time, Beauchamp said.

Uhlembusch had been living at the Washington Avenue address for eight years, he said.