Miami Beach police investigate homicide at apartment building

Authorities remove body from South Beach apartment

By Parker Branton - Reporter, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter, Nicole Perez - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - As Miami Beach detectives investigate a homicide at an apartment building in South Beach, a body was removed from the apartment on Wednesday night. 

Detective Shantell Mitchell, of the Miami Beach Police Department, confirmed officers were called around 6 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a body found inside one of the units at the Tribeca apartments in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue.

Sherry Abramson, who lives in the building, told Local 10 News that an HOA member conducted a welfare check after residents began smelling a foul odor coming from the unit.

"We've had issues with, like, roof rats and I just said, 'Alright, something is decomposing. It will go away,'" Abramson said. "So one of the board members went in last night. She has the spare key."

"And what did she discover?" Local 10's Todd Tongen asked.

"A gruesome, awful, hideous scene," Abramson said. 

Police confirmed the body of an elderly man was discovered inside the unit. 

Sky 10 was about the scene Wednesday morning as Miami Beach police CSI technicians gathered clues on what could be a murder that happened days ago based on the decomposition odor. 

The victim's identity and the cause of death have not yet been released.

Meanwhile, residents said they aren't too shocked by the incident.

"I just think there has been some bizarro stuff that has been going on there for a long time," Abramson said. "If you told me that somebody in here died this way, I would have said, 'Unit 4.'"

Mitchell said detectives are working with the medical examiner and Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in the investigation.

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