KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Police in Kansas City are investigating the death of a person whose badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area of Swope Park.

Officers were called to the 7400 block of East 79th Street about 7 p.m. Monday.

According to police, a person at the scene showed the officers where to find the victim. The victim was just off the road into a wooded area. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition. The body had been exposed for a while and significant trauma was apparent.

The victim has not been identified at this time.

Neighbor Alan Lange was not surprised to hear the news. Lange has been living on East 79th Street for more than 50 years, and based on his experience, death is nothing new on the block.

“There is a lot of homeless through this area and the roads are narrow so there’s been over the years a lot of accidents and things of that nature,” Lange said.

Police say it is possible the body belongs to a missing person, but the remains don’t immediately match the description of any recent cases.

For those like Lange living on East 79th Street, they hope the long history of death, and illegal activity in the area will come to an end.

“We try keeping it nice. The trash dumping and everything else, just typical kind of, not a lot of eyes and rural so people do nefarious things,” Lange said.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 474-TIPS.

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