Wife weighed 68 pounds when found dead, husband arrested

Police: Man lets wife starve

GULFPORT, Fla. -- A Tampa man has been arrested in connection to the death of his wife, who weighed only 68 pounds. 

Deputies began the investigation on Jan. 6 at a home on 51 Street South near 8th Avenue South after 75-year-old Harold Earl Allen called 911 to report that his wife, 74-year-old Karen Allen, was dead. 

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, she appeared starved and severely underweight at 68 pounds. She also had noticeable wounds on her lips, right eye, and neck. 

Allen claimed that his wife had been bedridden and could not speak for a week prior to her death. He also informed deputies that she had not been seen by a doctor for five years, although he regularly saw a doctor for his medical issues.

Upon further investigation, there was plenty of food and there were no known financial constraints on the couple. 

According to the Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death was from dehydration and pulmonary thromboembolism from being immobile.

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