Police identify body found in basement of Hutchinson home

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Hutchinson police say there's no sign of injury on a body found inside a basement.

The body was found at a home at 29 West 16th Thursday evening. The body has been identified as 30-year-old Michael Allen Pederson of Hutchinson.  Toxicology is pending.

If you have information on the case call Detective Sgt. Loepp at (620) 694-2829 or Detective Schoenhoff at (620) 694-2830.

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Hutchinson police are investigating after a decomposing body was found in a the basement of a home on Thursday.

Officers were called at around 5:15 p.m. to the home at an undisclosed location. The Hutchinson News reports the tenant called their landlord to complain of a lingering odor.

Police say that while searching for the origin of the smell, either the landlord or the tenant went into the basement and discovered the body.

Capt. Troy Hoover told the News the body is that of a male, but his age, race and a cause of death have not been determined. He was without identification and the tenant had no idea who it is. 

“There is no indication of a break in and no signs of a struggle, which leads us to this dead end,” Capt. Hoover said. “We don’t know if its a transient or someone from out of town. It’s just a weird deal.”

Lt. Josh Radloff said the body had been there at least a couple of weeks. The results of an autopsy are pending. 

Police have no active missing person reports that might match the individual.

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