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Decomposed body washes up in basement of Brooklyn Heights building: NYPD • Brooklyn Paper

Decomposed body washes up in basement of Brooklyn Heights building: NYPD

Police found a severely-decomposed body inside a basement water catchment area of a building on Joralemon Street, after the carcass apparently flushed in from the East River through a large pipe on May 15.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A dead body floated into the basement water-catchment area of a Joralemon Street building in Brooklyn Heights Wednesday morning, according to police.

The body — which officers could not identify for age or gender because it was heavily decomposed — flushed into the basement through a large pipe that connects the East River to the building at the corner of Furman Street around 9:50 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the NYPD.

The building is a 1902 water pumping station, but has since been turned into an upscale residential building known as Pumphouse Mews.

Police responded with officers and detectives after a resident called to report a foul odor, cops on the scene told this paper.

The cause of death is not yet known, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s chief medical examiner and the investigation remains ongoing, the police spokeswoman said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
The building is a 1902 water pumping station, but has since been turned into an upscale residential building known as Pumphouse Mews.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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