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Police Find Dead Body in Storage Unit

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Police find a body in casket in a clearwater storage unit. (Photo credit: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Police find a body in casket in a clearwater storage unit. (Photo credit: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve discovered a dead body in a Tampa Bay area storage unit.

Clearwater police reported Thursday that a U-Store Storage manager contacted a family to inform them that they were behind in payment for a unit they had been leasing since 1985. The manager told them that the items in the unit would be auctioned off.

According to a report, a family member told the manager he couldn’t do that because a deceased family member was being stored there. The manager checked the unit and found a casket. Police responded and confirmed there was a body inside.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the body was left in the storage unit or how long it had been there.

The family rents two other units, which officers were checking.

No charges were immediately filed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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