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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The discovery of a decomposing body in a vacant Kansas City home marks the city's latest homicide investigation, police there said.

Officers called to the home Monday afternoon found the body of a person in a state of advanced decomposition, police said. The vacant home was being renovated when the body was found, police spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina said in a news release.

The identity of the body and how the person died are not known, Becchina said.

"The cause of death is not known, but the circumstances are suspicious enough that homicide detectives are investigating as a homicide and bringing all the resources at their disposal to the investigation," he said.

Records kept by the Kansas City Star show the death is the city's 144th homicide this year, compared with 111 homicides by this time last year.

 

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