ROXBURY (CBS) – Boston Police were at a Mattapan home for a second straight day after a decomposing body was found in the attic.

Officers were called to a home on Cedar Street at about 10 p.m. on Thursday.

Authorities have not identified the body. No cause of death has been released.

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma that would point to homicide, but they are investigating.

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Boston Police on scene after a body was discovered inside a Mattapan home. (WBZ-TV)

People in the home told police they smelled a strong odor and discovered the body of a woman in the attic.

Detectives remained at the home Friday, and were seen entering the home wearing gloves and carrying face masks. Crime scene tape was draped across the front door.

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Crime scene tape on the door to a Mattapan home. (WBZ-TV)

Sources told the I-Team the woman’s body was wrapped up and decomposing. It is not yet known how long the woman was dead for before being discovered.

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Neighbor Nick Burns, who moved into the neighborhood a month ago, called the body discovery “very surprising.”

“It’s a little concerning as a neighbor. I hope that everyone’s OK and I really just wonder what happened,” Burns said.

Neighbors described Cedar Street as normally quiet but with drug problems.

The house where the body was found is a single-family home where an elderly woman lives with her daughter and grandchildren, neighbors said.


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