Woman's body found in basement of demolished building

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The Topeka Police Dept. is trying to identify the body of a woman found early Tuesday afternoon in the basement of a demolished building.

(WIBW/Shawn Wheat)

According to police, workers were dropping off construction equipment at the lot, in the 300 block of SW Watson Ave., when they spotted what they believed was a body. They called police and officers arrived on the scene around 12:30 p.m.

Police say officers found the body of a white woman who was likely in her 50's when she died. Medical personnel pronounced her dead.

Investigators have not positively identified the woman. Police added her name will not be released until a next of kin has been notified.

A resident of the neighborhood told 13 NEWS the building was torn down last month. He also said the building used to be the location of Brown Laboratory, which he said closed years ago, and has been vacant for a while.

Correction: An earlier version of the story identified the street where the body was found as NE Watson. It was SW Watson. The story has been change to reflect that