Body in vacant Detroit home can't be retrieved

- Detroit Police say they must wait until an engineer can support a burned out, vacant home before they can start investigating a dead body in the home's basement.

NEW INFO (3:55 P.M.): Police said that the home burned on March 29, 2017. It was too dangerous to enter so the fire department fought it from the outside. Authorities said the body was not inside the home in March and they don't know when or how it wound up there in the past four months.

Police confirm to FOX 2 that a body was discovered inside a home in the 6100 block of Hecla, just south of Maruqette. The body was located in the basement of the home.

Firefighters were inside the home and found the man's body but had to exit due to the structure's condition.

According to police the home is burned out and vacant but is structurally unsafe so Detroit Police cannot go in to get the body. The man's body was not burned, firefighters say.

Police are now waiting for the city to bring in structural engineers to make a support system to stabilize the building. Once that's done, the body will be removed and the death will be investigated.

Detroit police said they will monitor the home until the structure is safe. It could take a day or longer toget it safe.
 

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