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Investigators and neighbors search for answers after a body was found inside a home

WSBT 22

Investigators are working to identify a body found inside a South Bend home.

The home is abandoned. It’s almost hard to see behind the overgrown trees. There's trash all along the entryway, even in the yard.

A property search shows the home dates back to the late 1800’s.

Neighbors want to know what happened.

"It makes you think twice about all of these houses around here. And you know, when our grandchildren visit you want to make sure that you're with them,” said Nancy Myers.

Myers can see the empty home from her front porch.

"I'm curious. I'm curious. It seems like there may be a sad story behind this. Much more than a violent story,” she said.

A story of a person without a known name. After an autopsy was conducted, police do not believe foul play was involved.

Police say a photographer came to the house on the 400 block of Navarre to take photos.

That's when he discovered a body in the attic. A peek through the window shows wallpaper in an empty room.

"I was kind of shocked. I thought it was a vacant house. Just totally vacant,” said Taras Smith. "It just look abandoned to me, that's all. Like it need to be taken care of."

Some neighbors say, although they never saw anything they did smell something bad in recent days.

Police say an autopsy is set to tell why the body sat for so long behind these crumbling walls.

“Whatever it is, it's not a good thing to happen in any neighborhood,” Myers said.

The St. Joseph County Coroner's Office is working on identifying the body.


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