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Partially clothed woman's body found in abandoned St. Petersburg house

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a suspicious death after discovering a woman's body Tuesday in an abandoned home.

Officers were working a call in the area when they detected an odor coming from a two-story house at 405 Eighth Ave. N. The officers found a body in an upstairs apartment of the empty building.

Homicide detectives and forensic technicians responded. The woman was not identified Tuesday evening but was described as white, about 30 to 40 years old, with a medium build.

Investigators say she was partly clothed and had been dead for about a week.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office conducted a preliminary examination, but did not find obvious signs of trauma.

The house, at Fourth Street and Eight Avenue N, is next to the Red Cross and across from a strip mall with a Chipotle, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches and Planet Beach tanning spa.

"A lot of people were looking outside to see what happened," said Linda Ford, 50, who works at Chipotle. "I've been here for five years, and I've never seen nothing like this before."

The surrounding neighborhood is a mix of houses and apartments near Round Lake Park. The area is mostly nice, but not perfect, neighbors said.

No one could recall seeing anyone go in or out of the house where the body was found.

"I don't even think I've seen lights on over there," said Josh Porcelli, 20, who lives across the street. "I didn't think it was occupied."

Porcelli took his toddler, Trenton, out of a car seat Tuesday afternoon and peered across at the crime scene tape.

"That's kind of creepy."

Partially clothed woman's body found in abandoned St. Petersburg house 04/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:49am]
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