REDDING., Calif. -

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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