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Decomposing body found in hole behind San Bernardino home

Police on Tuesday found a decomposing body in a hole behind a San Bernardino home after the owner reported a foul odor.

May 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police on Tuesday found a decomposing body in a hole behind a San Bernardino home after the owner reported a foul odor.

The owner of the rental property was checking the property and called police, who arrived around 9 a.m.

"In the backyard there's a hole approximately 4-foot deep by 5-foot long with a bunch of wood piled up on top of it," said Lt. Paul Williams of the San Bernardino Police Department.

Williams said the body was badly decomposed.

"I couldn't determine the sex, the gender, the age of the individual that is in this hole," he said.

Police did not know how long the body had been there or what the cause of death was. Homicide detectives searched inside the residence, garage and backyard for clues.

The body was removed by the coroner's department.

Police could not locate the people renting the home.


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