Body found in Phoenix home, details scarce

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PHOENIX – Investigators spent the night at a Phoenix home where a body reportedly was found Sunday evening.

Detectives are not releasing much in the way of details, but neighbors said there was significant police presence in the neighborhood of 69th Avenue and Holly Street, which is north of McDowell Road, for several hours.

At 6 a.m. Monday, nearly 12 hours after police first went to the home, there was one patrol car standing guard. It was believed that detectives were awaiting a search warrant to allow them inside the vacant home to continue their investigation.

The initial call regarding a possible body inside the house came in shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. Early indications are that the body might have been there for quite some time.

Reporting from the scene, 3TV's Gibby Parra said there was a noticeable stench emanating from the home.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said the body is that of a man in his 40s. The amount of decomposition has made positive identification extremely difficult, but Crump said investigators believe the man was a transient.

While the initial call reported a shooting, indicating a possible homicide, Crump said that turned out not to be the case. He said it looks like the man died of natural causes, but the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office will have to make that determination.

Crump said this is being investigated as an unknown death.