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Stillwater woman arrested after husband’s decaying body discovered inside mobile home

STILLWATER, Okla. - A Stillwater woman is in jail after her husband's decaying body was discovered inside their mobile home.

On November 19th, the bodies of 49-year-old Wade Denton and two dogs were discovered at a home in the 4100 block of E. 19th Ave in Stillwater.

According to court records obtained by the Stillwater News Press, Wade Denton's body showed "several months of decay."

His wife, 36-year-old Jennifer Denton, was arrested in connection to his death.

Court records show Wade's body was extremely dry and had been partially consumed by one or both of the dogs.

According to the Stillwater News Press, Wade was a diabetic, who was declared completely blind in one eye and suffered 90-percent blindness in the other eye.

Jennifer was supposed to be taking care of Wade at the time of his death, bringing him food, water, and dog food.

However, Jennifer reportedly told investigators that she and Wade stopped living together in spring of 2017.

She initially said she arranged for a friend of theirs to care for Wade when she moved out.  But that friend told authorities he had not heard from the couple in nearly three years.

The woman later allegedly confessed to never contacting the friend or making any other arrangements for Wade's care.

Wade did not own a cellphone and was unable to navigate outside of his home due to his blindness.

According to the Stillwater News Press, Jennifer told investigators "she would never leave him alone for more than a few hours" and claimed she made sure all of the bills were paid.

She also confessed to using Wade's Social Security income.  When investigators checked his bank account, the account balance was $0.35.

She reportedly told investigators she had been using Wade's Social Security income to pay for her boyfriend's cellphone bill since February 2017.

Investigators told the Stillwater News Press that despite telling friends she was checking on Wade, officials believe she last checked on him sometime between March and July.

“As of this point, we have no (indication) of foul play from the medical examiner," Investigator Rockford Brown of Payne County Sheriff's Office said. "There’s no trauma to the body that they were able to determine … we might be able to determine, at a later point, a more specific and official cause of death. But at this point, we don’t know what it is. If we can prove, as the result of her neglecting him, he died as a result of that, it can potentially turn into a homicide."

Jennifer Denton faces charges of neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty.