updated 7/30/2007 4:37:58 AM ET 2007-07-30T08:37:58

A man who said he has damaged nerves in his nose never smelled his wife's decomposing body in a storage room of their home and thought she had left him, police said.

The couple's daughter was looking for a cat July 15 when she found Alicia Pilouw's body in a storage room filled with household items, Eugene Pilouw said. His wife had been gone for three days.

"I never smelled anything, and I still don't smell anything," said Pilouw, who blames diabetes for his damaged nose. "I thought she had run away from home again — especially after I noticed an envelope with $250 was missing."

Harlingen police expect to get toxicology test results Monday that will help them determine the 50-year-old woman's cause of death, police spokesman David Osborne said. He said that initial autopsy results were inconclusive.

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