New York

Police: Man leads cops to decomposing body wrapped in bags

  • A police vehicle sits in front of a house, left, where officers conducting a welfare check discovered the decomposing body of Erika Kraus-Breslin, the 85-year-old grandmother of Christopher Fuhrer, 30, who lived in the house with her in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Fuhrer, fearful he'd become homeless after the death of his doting grandmother five months ago, kept her corpse wrapped in plastic bags inside her house, masking the smell with air fresheners and a fan, police said after arresting him on improper burial and other charges. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

    A police vehicle sits in front of a house, left, where officers conducting a welfare check discovered the decomposing body of Erika Kraus-Breslin, the 85-year-old grandmother of Christopher Fuhrer, 30, who lived in the house with her in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Fuhrer, fearful he'd become homeless after the death of his doting grandmother five months ago, kept her corpse wrapped in plastic bags inside her house, masking the smell with air fresheners and a fan, police said after arresting him on improper burial and other charges. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police tape surrounds a house, left, where officers conducting a welfare check discovered the decomposing body of Erika Kraus-Breslin, the 85-year-old grandmother of Christopher Fuhrer, 30, who lived in the house with her in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Fuhrer, fearful he'd become homeless after the death of his doting grandmother five months ago, kept her corpse wrapped in plastic bags inside her house, masking the smell with air fresheners and a fan, police said after arresting him on improper burial and other charges. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

    Police tape surrounds a house, left, where officers conducting a welfare check discovered the decomposing body of Erika Kraus-Breslin, the 85-year-old grandmother of Christopher Fuhrer, 30, who lived in the house with her in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Fuhrer, fearful he'd become homeless after the death of his doting grandmother five months ago, kept her corpse wrapped in plastic bags inside her house, masking the smell with air fresheners and a fan, police said after arresting him on improper burial and other charges. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)  (The Associated Press)

Police in New York City say a man led officers conducting a wellness check to a bedroom where they found the decomposing body of an 85-year-old woman who was wrapped inside plastic bags.

Police say Erika Kraus-Breslin was declared dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon at her home in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood.

The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death. An investigation is underway.

The 30-year-old man who took police to the body has been taken into custody.

Police say they can't comment on how long Kraus-Breslin had been dead.