“Foul smell” leads to dead body in Panama City Friday

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:56 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A body was discovered in Panama City Friday after construction workers in the area smelled a “foul odor.”

Panama City Police and crime scene detectives responded to the call near the 1100 block of Cypress Avenue around 5 P.M. Police spokesperson Ken McVay said they’re investigating the death of a black male. McVay said with the foul smell, it’s hard to tell how long the body had been there. He said they’re still in the preliminary stages of the investigation and are preserving the scene.

“We won’t have a lot of information until we get some of those preliminary autopsy results back. Our crime scene investigation unit was here. They have done their due diligence in this investigation and they’re going to process the evidence as well and we’ll go from there and try to make a determination at that point,” said McVay.

At this point, McVay said the cause of death is unknown. The person’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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