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Body found in abandoned Joliet apartment building

A body was found Thursday morning in a burned-out apartment building in Joliet.

Joliet police responded about 10:50 a.m. Thursday to the first block of Cagwin Avenue for a report of a foul odor coming from an upstairs room of an apartment building, according to a post on the Joliet Police Department Facebook page.

Demolition crews were about to begin work on the residence and noticed the foul odor, according to the post.

Police found a female victim “who appeared to have been there for some time.” Due to the level of decomposition, it was too soon Friday morning to determine her cause of death, according to the post.

The Will County Coroner’s Office had not yet released her identity Friday, but police said she was not Jasmine Morrow, who was reported missing in July.

Chuck Zeman is a manager at Will County Autocrafts, which shares a lot with the apartment building. Zeman said the owner of the auto shop also owns the other building, which sustained about $130,000 in damage after a fire April 9.

Eight occupants of the building were able to safely escape before emergency personnel were on the scene in April.

Zeman said the building was deemed uninhabitable, and the building’s owner found squatters inside several times. He also said the body was found under a sheet and was covered in maggots.

He added that while he was working Thursday morning, he noticed a police presence at the apartment building, and one of the demolition crew members told him about the discovery.

“He’d seen the flies and smelled the smells,” Zeman said.

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