Body Found Near Scene of Fire in Wooded Area of Worcester, Mass.; Police Investigating

Authorities are calling the incident a suspicious death

A body was found near a fire in a wooded area in Worcester, Massachusetts, Tuesday morning, prompitng police to investigate the death they're calling suspicious. 

The blaze was reported near 277 Granite Street about 6 a.m., firefighters said. When fire crews located a body near the area, police were called.

Neighbors said the area was known as a dumping ground for many things, like couches, boats, furniture — though not bodies. 

"I'm not surprised," said Denise Labaire. "My neighbor even said they dump everything else. We weren't shocked that eventually it would be that. Something needs to be done down here with cameras."

Authorities did not release details about the body, such as its gender or approximate age. The body was set to be taken to the medical examiner's office.

The investigation is ongoing. Officers investigated for over nine hours, using a drone and a police dog.

"This being in my neighoborhood, it is scary. We have kids here," area resident James Vega said.

Anyone with information on the suspicious death is encouraged to call the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651. Anonymous tips can be made by texting a message to 274637.

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