CHICAGO — Police have launched a death investigation after a body was found buried in a yard in Ashburn Friday.
The body was uncovered about 11 a.m. in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale Avenue.
The person, whose age and gender are still unknown, was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities said the body was dismembered.
Friday night, neighbors gathered at the corner of 83rd and Scottsdale to watch as authorities worked the scene. Crews worked into the night, bringing in flood lights to illuminate the backyard where the remains were found.
As authorities dug up the body, a rotting odor wafted through the neighborhood.
As of Saturday afternoon, police could not provide any details about how the body came to be in the backyard. But rumors swirled Friday night, including some saying a domestic incident led to the man's death.
Kayla Taylor, 17, who stood with her mother and younger sister behind the yellow police tape, said she lived a couple doors down from the house where police found the body.
Taylor said she could not believe something so grisly could happen so close to home.
"I think it's crazy because they said it happened about five months ago, so we've been living here the last five months and didn't even know," she said.