FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A person's body has been discovered by men collecting bottles outside a Bronx grocery store, police said Thursday.
The grisly find was made Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. near a grocery store on East 182nd Street, near Jerome Avenue, in the Fordham Heights section, according to police sources.
The person, believed to be a male in his late teens to early 20s, was found unclothed and stuffed in a bag, police said.
That bag was inside a box sitting in a shopping cart.
Police sources initially described the body as a man's torso and head, and later, "chest on up." He was also initially believed to be older.
The body was found by two men collecting bottles in the area, police said. The men called 911 upon making the discovery.
Another neighborhood bottle collector told PIX11 he believes he passed the body three times Wednesday, but was hesitant to look inside the cart.
“I realized it wasn’t bottles. … I didn’t smell anything. If there’s an odor you think, well, this is the Bronx,” Terry Frazier said.
Frazier plans to continue collecting bottles and cans, but said he only digs if he's sure of what's inside.
“You touch the top, if you a hear ‘clink, clink, clink’ you know it’s cans or bottles. And I felt something mushy like wet carpet, so I was like you don’t want to dig deep. And it was covered so you couldn’t see what it was,” Frazier said.