PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after skeletal remains were found this afternoon in the woods behind Northview Heights, a gated public housing neighborhood.
Investigators were called to a wooded area along Hazlett Street after 1 p.m., where someone spotted a decomposed body.
“We have a human skeleton and the fact the shoes are size ten, male shoes,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said. “We don’t know when this occurred, how this occurred, if it occurred here or not.”
“I see a human skull, a skull at the bottom of the hill and he told me to look up the hill and then we saw the body,” Northview Heights Tenant Council representative Tamara Jones said.
Police cannot tell how long the body has been there. There are no active missing persons reports for the area.
“We have been trying to get housing authority to put a booth there on Hazlett and a booth on Mt. Pleasant so incidents like this won’t happen,” Northview Heights Tenant Council representative Marcus Reed said.
Police say it could be days or weeks before they can make a positive identification on the decomposed remains, leaving open the door for fear and concern in the community.
“That’s another body up here, we don’t know if it’s somebody’s loved one, we don’t know if that person was shot,” Jones said.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has been called to the scene.