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Decomposing body of 64-year-old man found in Mount Vernon apartment

Posted at 1:42 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 09:21:39-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police confirmed the decomposing body of a 64-year-old man was found in a Mount Vernon apartment Tuesday.

The body was found around 9:30 a.m. on March 5, in a building at 6 E. Read Street.

There were no signs of trauma to the body, but police are currently ruling it a questionable death. The man’s body is being taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Police are not sure how long the body was in the apartment before being discovered.

“We received a call last week about a smell in the building. We investigated and did not find anything smell in the building at all,” said Melody Fairchild, the Assistant Property Manager for the building, which is managed by American Management II, LLC. “When we went out on this Tuesday after we received another complaint from the same tenant there was a smell in the hallway so we did a wellness check on everyone on that floor, and that’s when we discovered the body.”

Management personnel attempted to enter the man’s apartment but were thwarted by a chain on the door, Fairchild said. They then called police and firefighters, who entered the property and discovered the man.

A Facebook post on the Mt. Vernon Neighbors group page from Thursday morning showed a photo of a sign that someone supposedly hung in the building saying the body was discovered on the third floor.

“The smell had been there for many weeks and the forensic investigators were shocked at how long the body was left there without anyone taking action,” the sign reads.

Fairchild said she had the poster on her desk, and that it erroneously characterized the situation.

“The information is inaccurate,” Fairchild said. “I understand the tenants are upset, but, unfortunately death is part of life, and it happens."