Decomposed body found under garbage in empty Bronx lot: police


MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A decomposed body was found underneath a pile of garbage in the Bronx Thursday morning, prompting a police investigation, authorities said.

Authorities were called to the vicinity of Exterior Street near East 144 Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood around 7:30 a.m., police said. 

A construction company had been clearing out an empty lot to prepare for construction at the site when workers came across a badly decomposed body underneath a pile of garbage, according to police.

The body was found with a plastic bag over its head, cops said.

Police later identified the victim as a female. Her identity has not been released pending family notification.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. 

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