Bones found in bathtub of abandoned apartment

(WMC-TV) – Memphis police are investigating after human bones were found Thursday afternoon in the 600 block of East McLemore in Memphis.

Memphis Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Karen Rudolph said a number of human bones were found in the bathtub of a vacant apartment on the second floor of a two story building by a cleaning crew.

At this point, police have no clue about the gender, age, or race of the person to whom the bones belonged, but it appears there was a fire inside the apartment either before or after the person died.

"We did have a call here it shows a 2007 for a fire, and I don't know if anyone has lived there since," Rudolph said.

Crime scene technicians will bag the bones and further investigate at a different location. A representative from the Shelby County Medical Examiners office was on the scene earlier to officially declare that these were in fact human remains.

Neighbors said the apartment in question has been abandoned for years.

"It caught fire New Year's Eve 2008 and they haven't done anything with it," said neighbor Gerald Jerry.

Not all neighbors were surprised by the presence of police or what brought them here.

"This is the ghetto so anything can happen in the ghetto," said neighbor Michael Hill.  "You got to keep your eyes open cause anything can happen," he added.

Neighbors said they have tried for years to get the landlord to board up the vacant units because vagrants are known to break in.

The bones were taken to the Regional Forensics Center by the end of the night.

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