Homicide investigation underway after body found at Everett apartment

EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - A homicide investigation is underway after police found a decomposing body at an apartment in Everett on Saturday.

State troopers responded to an apartment on Oakland Avenue and found the body of a 65-year-old man, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Officials said Francis Brescia’s body was in an “advanced state of decomposition.”

Police said the building’s landlord made the discovery during a well-being check. A neighbor who lived on the same floor said a bad smell coming from the apartment was so strong he could smell it in his apartment.

The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death to be homicide, officials said. The cause of death is being withheld at this time.

The incident remains under investigation. Everett Police are assisting State Police with the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Massachusetts State Police.

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