Airbnb guests startled by decomposing corpse in garden

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French authorities were investigating Monday the suspicious death of a woman whose decomposing body was found in the garden of an Airbnb rental in suburban Paris.

Bertrand Daillie, the deputy prosecutor for Evry, said a group of young people renting the house for a weekend discovered the body in the garden near the edge of the property. He said it was covered by tree branches that somebody had placed there deliberately.

Daillie told France Bleu radio the renters were to be questioned but had only rented the house for that weekend. The group was planning to hold a party, media reports said.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the listing was removed Sunday from Airbnb.

“Her body was found at the bottom of the property which opens out into a woods,” a police source told AFP, adding that foul play is suspected.

The source said the body was found “hunched in a dug-out area, her head against the ground, covered in branches and surrounded by wood stumps.”

The woman was dressed, but she wasn’t wearing shoes and no identifying documents were found on her, the source told AFP.

An autopsy will be carried out on the body.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.