Body found in abandoned building - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Body found in abandoned building

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are investigating after a body was found near a South Memphis intersection.

Neighbors say the body was found at an abandoned building in the area of Hernando Road and Whitmore Road. It is an old, rotten property they have been complaining about.

The body was found around 11 a.m. Thursday.

"My condolences go out to the family as soon as they find out who that is," said Sara Gibson, who lives in South Memphis.

Neighbors worry the dead may have been dumped there, just like the old tires, furniture, and garbage.

A sources says there are no signs of foul play.

But where the body was found happens to be on land the fire department and Environmental Protection Agency have been investigating and consider officially contaminated.

Sara Gibson and Hattie Thompson say they have been hounding city and county officials about the mess on the property for years. They hope something will be done about it before someone else turns up dead.

The county says they have been working to gain the legal power to clean up the area for weeks. The owner of the property is deceased. The case is in environmental court,

The mayor's spokesman says, "There will be a remedy."

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