Gilbert police find body during welfare check on pet bird

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Gilbert police trying to ID body found in home

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities are hoping experts can identify a badly decomposed body found in an apparently abandoned house in Gilbert.

Gilbert police say it's possible the person had been dead for months before a locksmith found the body Saturday while changing a lock in the home.

The locksmith told police there was a pet bird in the home's living room in a cage with water and food.

Detectives are looking for the person who last lived in the house.

They aren't sure if there was a crime committed, beyond possibly a misdemeanor count of failure to report a death.

Police say the body now is at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.

They say the body was in such an advanced stage of decomposition that even the person's gender couldn't be determined.

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Police are conducting a death investigation after finding a body inside a Gilbert home that was believed to be abandoned.

Police said they responded to a welfare call for a pet bird at the home near Gilbert Road and Houston Avenue around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Officers found the body in a bedroom.

Police said there were no indicators of an act of violence, and it appeared the person had been dead for a long period of time.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The person had not yet been identified Sunday afternoon.