A 66-year-old man was found dead yesterday inside a block of cement in his Jersey City apartment, the Jersey Journal reports.
The man, identified as William Marshall, was found around 3:35 p.m. when the super of his Corbin Avenue building noticed a foul odor emanating from the apartment. Police were called to the scene and discovered Marshall's decomposing remains buried under a pile of clothing and some "hardened cement," the paper said. Firefighters eventually unearthed Marshall's body inside a black garbage bag.
While authorities have not ruled the death a homicide, they say foul play was potentially involved, CBS reports. Marshall had recently lost both his wife and job, according to neighbors, and though he lived alone, a young man—possibly a stepson or son-in-law—had been staying with him.
Suspiciously, a neighbor said they hadn't seen Marshall since he returned from "a rehabilitation center" in July, and his rent checks were no longer signed by Marshall himself. Furthermore, another neighbor had reportedly complained of rice and roaches, but the relative insisted that spraying was unnecessary.
Stranger still: In 2001, a woman was found dead in the basement of the very same building, her body stuffed in a garbage bag and bound with rope and tape. Her boyfriend was charged with the murder.