Body found in north side sewer; police suspect homicide

Body found in north side sewer; police suspect homicide

By Dan O'Donnell & WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 30, 2012 - UPDATED: May 30, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A body was found Wednesday in a sewer near N. 40th St. and Garfield Ave., the Milwaukee Police Department confirmed.

Workers with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works discovered the remains and notified police, who are investigating the death as a homicide.  Authorities won't say how long the body was in the sewer or identify the body's gender.

Detectives said the body was cut and stabbed multiple times and the person's privates were chopped off.  "We're actively investigating this as a homicide we don't know what we have right now. Obviously this is very suspicious of nature we're asking anyone in the neighborhood that has information to call MPD," said Lieutenant Thomas Stigler of Milwaukee police.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy on the body, which was not identified.

Neighbors told TODAY'S TMJ4 they started smelling a strange odor about three to four days ago.