Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Friday to identify a murder victim. Her body was dumped in the Lower 9th Ward.
It's the second such case this year. Frustrated residents living in the area say abandoned and overgrown lots continue to be a haven for crime.
"Saw all the police and the ambulance. They blocked the streets and I couldn't go out," said a woman with family living in the Lower 9th Ward not far from where a body was found.
At first a neighbor thought the smell was coming from a dead animal, but when homicide detectives arrived the block quickly turned into a crime scene.
The discovery of a decomposing Jane Doe's body on Thursday near Chocktaw Street and Florida Avenue is unnerving to a New Orleans woman. Worried about her family's safety, she asked Eyewitness News to protect her identity.
"Someone is bringing bodies into our area and dumping them because of the high grass," she said.
Neighbors say towering weeds, poor lighting and sometimes impassable roads is why the Lower 9th Ward has turned into the perfect dumping ground for someone who doesn't want to get caught.
Eyewitness News archives show that in February grass cutting crews found the body of a man shot to death in a vacant lot near North Miro and Benton streets. In August 2011, someone's remains were uncovered in a burning car near the intersection of Law and Flood streets.