Officers have launched an investigation in downtown Redding after receiving reports of a body found in a tarp-covered boat on Prince Street between California and Market Streets.
At this time it is unknown whether the body is that of a male or female.
According to officers it is "badly decomposed."
Officers say they are treating the area as a crime scene which is standard operating procedure.
Neighbors in the area believe the body might be that of a homeless person who frequented the area and said they had been smelling something strange recently.
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