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Posted by Billy on September 8th, 2001 12:43 PM

I hope that this wasn't the cause of the smell in your bathroom. This is grizzly but true...

Corpse Found in Concrete in Md.

Man's Body Turns Up in Prince George's Basement After Odor Prompts Search

By Jamie Stockwell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 8, 2001; Page B03

Prince George's County police found a man buried in a concrete slab inside the basement of an Adelphi home early yesterday morning.
The man, whose name was not released by authorities, had been dead for "a while," and his body showed signs of trauma, said Cpl. Rob Clark, a spokesman for the department. The case was ruled a homicide, and the body was taken to Baltimore for an autopsy.
Clark declined to elaborate on how much the body had decomposed, although he did say that police were called to the single-story red-brick house in the 9000 block of Highland Drive about 6:30 p.m. Thursday because a postal carrier had smelled a "very foul odor coming from the basement of the house."
Police entered the house minutes later after knocking several times and receiving no response, Clark said. It seemed that only one person lived in the home, he said.
According to property records, 69-year-old Ray McAlexander has owned the house for slightly more than two years, and an answering machine at the house names a "Ray" as living there. Relatives of McAlexander could not be reached yesterday evening.
Investigators spent several hours in the basement chipping the body out of the concrete, which did not completely cover the corpse. About 1:30 p.m. yesterday, officials carried the body, wrapped in a white plastic bag, from the basement, placed it on a gurney, covered it with a heavy-duty blue cloth and put it on the covered bed of a black Dodge Ram truck.
Neighbors milled about, watching as detectives searched the back yard and wondering what had happened.
Joyce Huber, whose house sits behind where the man was found, said she couldn't recall anything so horrific or tragic that had happened in her neighborhood in the 25 years she has owned her home.
"It's sad and scary," she said. "I try to pay attention and to be alert to what's going on around me, and here something happened right next door, and no one saw or heard a thing."
Huber said she had seen a man who she assumed lived in the house last summer, tidying up the back yard, but had never spoken to him.
Next door, a woman who declined to give her name said she hadn't heard or seen anything suspicious. She said she wasn't sure if the man who lived next door worked or if he was at home during the day.
Police declined to comment on whether the man might have been killed before being buried in concrete or whether he was alive when the concrete was poured over his body.
The man's death was the county's 74th homicide this year, three more than the county's total last year. Neither a suspect nor a motive had been identified last night.
Police urge anyone with information about the case to call the department's Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

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