Decomposing body uncovered
By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published March 7, 2007
TAMPA - A woman's decomposing body was found in a shallow grave Tuesday outside a North Tampa company.
Workers at the Sweeping Company of Florida, 2110 N 71st St., told police they first noticed a mound of dirt outside their building about three or four weeks ago.
Some part of the body was exposed, but workers told police they mistook it for the carcass of a pig or hog. By Tuesday, however, the smell had become overwhelming and a supervisor asked a worker to dig it up with a backhoe and take it away, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
The worker called police as soon as he realized he was unearthing a human body, McElroy said. She said the body was too badly decayed to identify its age or race.
The fact that the body was buried suggests foul play, McElroy said. A Tampa police homicide squad is investigating.
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