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Police investigating homicide in Lancaster

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Lancaster City police are investigating a homicide involving an unknown man.

Officers responded to a "check on the welfare" call at an apartment building on the south side of the 200 block of W. Walnut Street around 11 a.m. on Monday morning.

First responders found the body of an adult male inside one of the apartments. It appeared that the victim had been deceased for some time.

Criminal investigators and a deputy coroner arrived on the scene. Based on initial findings, the death was ruled "suspicious" and is being investigated as a homicide.

Jennifer Collazo, who live in the apartment above, said she called 911 after smelling a foul odor through her vents all weekend.

"I went down to check on him and his mailbox was full," Collazo said. "I tried knocking on his door and ringing his bell and no one answered. So this morning I contacted my landlord so he could check on him, but I couldn't get a hold of him so I called the police and they came and found his body inside."

Detectives are working to identify the deceased. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

Lancaster City Police are conducting interviews in the surrounding neighborhoods and following up on leads. Anyone with information may call police at 717-735-3300.

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