They were just trying to pitch in to help clean up their neighborhood on Earth Day, but a group of Indiana volunteers say they stumbled upon a human body.
According to Fox News, police confirmed they recovered from the scene what they believe to be the remains of a female.
“She was somebody’s daughter, might have been somebody’s mother, sister, you know,” one woman at the location said. “It’s just crazy.”
Police say the incident is being treated as a death investigation at this time, indicating that additional tests will be performed to determine its direction.
For one family in the community, the news hits too close to home. Susanne Gill told reporters that her sister, Jaime Beasley, went missing a short distance from where the body was found.
The 32-year-old has been missing since mid-December, as WRTV previously reported.
“It scares me because it’s so close to the house she went missing in,” Gill said. “We’ve checked here several times, many people have checked here.”
Though the concept is unthinkable, she said there is a part of her that would find some comfort in knowing that her sister had been found.
“It’s not easy to say that I want it to be her because I want the peace and I want her laid to rest, if that’s the case,” she said. “At the same time, how can someone do that to anybody and leave them like that?”
One neighbor acknowledged there are occasional crimes in the neighborhood, but she said the violence associated with this incident is out of the ordinary.
“I’m not going to say I’ve not ever heard gunshots or anything like that before, but I feel safe letting my children ride the bus or get on the bus and walk to their bus stop,” she said.
[Featured image: Fox News video screenshot/Jaime Beasley, handout]