CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Disturbing news out of Chicopee as police investigate a decomposed body that was found this morning on James Street.
Both the discovery and the subsequent police presence disrupting the neighborhood.
The body was found by a jogger at 6:30 in the morning, but, for much of the afternoon, James Street was blocked off.
Neighbors say the street itself poses a lot of safety risks.
"Dowds Lane isn’t that big and it’s a cul-de-sac, so we don’t get that much traffic, and, all of a sudden, there were these trucks that were coming down," Chicopee resident John Mruk tells us.
John Mruk lives on the usually-quiet Dowds Lane, but he says the police cars on nearby James Street raised concern.
"They said that there was a body that was found down at the bottom of the hill," says Mruk.
A partially decomposed body was found by a jogger.
Chicopee Police tell Western Mass News they aren't certain how long it had been there.
For many, it raised the question of how it went undetected.
"It is kind of surprising that it took this long to find the body," says Chicopee resident Rick Foisy.
But neighbors say James Street is a dangerous place to walk.
"It’s a pretty steep hill and there’s no sidewalks on either side. I would consider that very dangerous," continued Mruk.
"They’re taking their life in their hands walking up the road, because there’s no sidewalk and there’s a lot of speeders," noted Roger Castonguay of Roger's Auto Body.
At the bottom of the hill, the owner of Roger's Auto Body says fast-moving cars and overgrown plants could make it easy for something on the side of the road to get hidden.
"There’s too much vegetation and, you know, you can’t see on the side of the road. The city should do something about it," added Castonguay.
The case is now in the hands of the Hampden County District Attorney.
There is no word on when they plan to announce the identity of the person or their cause of death.
Western Mass News is continuing to follow this story and we’ll have further information as more details come into the newsroom.