Kansas City, KS, police were called about 2 p.m. Sunday to a home in the 1800 block of New Jersey Avenue. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
A quiet KCK neighborhood is on edge after a body was found stuffed in a freezer inside a garage behind a single-family home.
Police are staying tight-lipped about what happened, but their investigation may reveal more details.
A medical examiner planned to conduct an autopsy Monday afternoon to determine how long the body had been there, if it is a male or female and what exactly caused the death. Because the body is still frozen, the autopsy was delayed until later this week when the body has thawed.
Donnie Young and his neighbors are shaken up. He came home from church Sunday to find police cars just down the street.
"We've never had anything like this. Never," he said. "It's a big surprise. It's a big shock. It's just really kind of disappointing."
Officers found the body in a detached garage behind a home in the 1800 block of New Jersey Avenue after police received a call about 2 p.m. A woman who had come to do cleaning at the residence made the grisly discovery.
Authorities are investigating the death, but are not yet ruling it a homicide.
"We're treating this as a death investigation, which wouldn't rule out foul play or anything. We're just trying to find out what happened," Sgt. Emmett Lockridge said.
Authorities did debunk the rumor that the head had been severed from the body.
KCTV5's Sandra Olivas spoke to the property owner who says she rents the home to a woman and her young daughter. That renter found the body in the freezer and notified police.
Just before sunset, police cleared a path to the garage and removed the freezer covered in a tarp.
"It makes you really wonder what is going on behind closed doors when you're just living your life next door. It makes me nervous," neighbor Charity Tubbs said.
Neighbors are unsure about the residents of the home, but say very few people ever came or went.
"I've never seen anyone go in and out of that garage," Tubbs said.
Neighbors say they have not seen or heard from the man living in the house for years, and the man apparently would be in his 70s. Police aren't answering specific questions about who lived at the house.
Police say the neighborhood is quiet without many violent crimes or disturbances. Investigators say they will continue examining the house and garage.
"Can't say whether we've had any issues in this particular neighborhood or not. But this is not a common place," Lockridge said.
Neighbors readily admit they are alarmed by the discovery.
"It really creeped me out," said Ciemantha Stubblefield. "I didn't sleep much last night."
She hopes police provide answers soon.
"I really want to know what happened next door. They aren't saying anything," she said. "I know they have questioned people around here. And no one knows what's going on."
The Kansas City, KS, Police Department's Major Case Unit is encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident to please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
KCTV5's Marc Jacobs and DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.
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