Investigation underway after firefighters find dead body in woods in Worcester

WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities are investigating after firefighters found a dead body in the woods in Worcester on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Crews responding to a report of a blaze in the woods near 277 Granite St. around 6 a.m. extinguished the flames and found a deceased individual, according to the Worcester Police Department.

Police say the death is being treated as suspicious.

The state medical examiner’s office is working to identify the victim and a cause of death.

Video from Sky7 HD showed a large group of detectives in protective suits scouring the area for evidence.

A concerned neighborhood resident told 7’s Steve Cooper that she was driving along Granite Street on Monday night when she made eye contact with a college-aged man who slipped into the woods.

“I was watching in the rearview and he ducked right into the woods,” she said. “I thought it was strange because there are no paths, no houses.”

Detectives are now working to track down surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worcester Police detective bureau 508-799-8651. Anonymous tips can be texted to 274637 TIPWPD.

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