LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Young Road was flooded with Police early Thursday morning after two men called in what appears to be a gruesome crime.
"I've been here ten years, and I've never seen nothing like it," said Larry Sherrer, a Little Rock resident.
Sherrer and another neighbor walked up on a pile of burning tires before 7 a.m., and as they approached the rubble they noticed a body.
"We thought it was a mannequin. I mean, from just laying back there you wouldn't think of a person. You know, something just laying back there, you wouldn't think it would be a person, but it was," said Sherrer.
Little Rock Police investigators know the body is a woman, but tell THV 11 they won't know the identity until the state crime lab performs an autopsy.
"We're just not sure if it's going to be a white female or a black female. We're trying to get that individual identified," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis.
Sherrer said the abandoned building at 5201 Young Rd. serves as a hotbed for crime. He frequently paints over graffiti on the building.
"We got to do something to protect the neighborhood," said Sherrer.
Sherrer's son Tarrance believes crime haunts their area.
"The only thing that we can do is work and come home. That's the only way that it's safe, to work and come home," said Tarrance Norris.
And, Sherrer said this hits too close to home.
"This is a shocking thing to me. To be here for ten years and see something right in front of my house," said Sherrer.
Little Rock Police have no leads or suspects in this case. Police have not linked this fire to any other blaze in the city. In the last few weeks, three other people have been found dead inside burning homes. Police believe those fires were intentionally set and the deaths have been deemed suspicious.