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GARY | Police found a female body outside an abandoned home Tuesday night in Gary's Glen Park section, officials said.

Police were investigating a foul smell coming from the residence in the 4000 block of Broadway about 7 p.m. when they found the remains in tall grass and trees in front of the house, Lt. Thomas Pawlak said.

The female has not yet been identified. The body was in the early stages of decomposition, Pawlak said.

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The case was being handled as a death investigation pending the results of an autopsy, he said.

The Lake County coroner's office and Lake County Sheriff's Department Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Cpl. James Nielsen, of the Regional Homicide Task Force, at (219) 755-3852.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.