Body found in north side sewer; several unanswered questions remain
Annie Scholz reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - A body was found in a Milwaukee sewer, right outside a daycare on the north side. People say the smell filled the neighborhood. Now a murder investigation is on.
It was a startling discovery for DPW workers just doing normal sewer cleanup and it turned a neighborhood upside down as police search for answers.
Yvonne May lives near 40th and Garfield. That's where DPW crews discovered a body Wednesday morning during routine sewer work. "The smell was, oh, it was just the smell of death," said May.
Thankfully, the kids didn't know what was going on outside.
"We talk about things that happen, death. They lose grandmothers and cousins and stuff but we've never had to experience anything like that ever," said daycare owner Frances Wilson.
Even authorities aren't sure what to make of it.
"We're actively investigating this as a homicide, we don't know what we have right now. Obviously this is very suspicious in nature," proclaimed Lt. Thomas Stigler of Milwaukee police.
Sources told TODAY'S TMJ4 the body was cut, and the genitals were removed. But police won't comment on age, race, gender, or how long the remains may have been there.
All neighbors know is that it's a tragedy too close to home. "That's a terrible thing to do to anybody, I don't even know. May their soul rest in peace," said May.
Police say there was a lot of debris in the sewer. They removed it and are going through it piece by piece to see if they can find more evidence.