South Bend Police investigate deceased man found in attic

NOW: South Bend Police investigate deceased man found in attic

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - South Bend Police are investigating after a deceased man was found in a vacant house.

The man’s body was found Tuesday night in the attic of the Navarre Street property.

Described by neighbors as a quiet house, the structure had been vacant since 2012, according to records.

“It’s kind of hidden behind brush,” neighbor Nancy Myers said.

Many people pass by the house daily.

“It just looks abandoned to me,” said Taras Smith, as he rode by on his bike.

Myers says she can’t believe this happened, as she’s never seen anyone enter the property.

“I’ve never seen any movement in and out of that house,” Myers said.

Tuesday night, Metro Homicide investigators moved in and out of the house, to see if anything suspicious might have taken place.

No evidence of foul play was found, and South Bend Police took over the investigation Wednesday.

Within the gates of the home, litter and food containers can be found, but neighbors insist most people just leave the property alone.

“I was kind of shocked. I thought it was a vacant house. Just totally vacant,” Smith said.

The home is now truly empty, surrounded only by overgrown plants and questions.

“It makes you think twice about all of these houses around here. What is going on inside them?” Myers said.

The coroner and officers are still trying to identify the victim, who is a black male.

A cause of death has not been released.

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