‘Sorry for the smell’: Note found next to body in Bronx apartment

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THE BRONX — Two teenagers were in for an eerie surprise as they were moving into a Bronx apartment Monday evening .

The teens were told they would receive a fairly inexpensive rent if they cleaned out the apartment at 2325 Arthur Ave. before moving in.

However, when they were cleaning the place, a foot fell out of a blanket, revealing a decomposing body with a note next to it that said, "Sorry for the smell."

On Thursday, when PIX11 cameras showed up, the door to the apartment was bolted shut but a strong odor filled the first floor hallway.

" I just started gagging when I walked out," Vanessa Santiago said.

Santiago lives on the fifth floor and said the horrendous smell has been lingering in the hall for weeks.

"We have stray cats," Santiago said. "I figured a cat died in the back of the building."

Police identified the deceased as 64-year old Sidney Harris, an ex-con who lived in the apartment for a number of years. Neighbors said he often kept to himself.

The Medical Examiner has determined that blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of death, but do not know how long Harris' body was inside the apartment.

The teens who found the apartment have not been identified.

The super of the building was not home for comment.