Natchitoches Police say the human remains found last weekend are from a man.
Police are treating the case as a murder, even though the man could have died from natural causes.
"Any human remains we find, we investigate it as it could be anything, including a homicide -- anything down to a missing person that was just discovered too late," a Natchitoches Police spokesperson says.
Police on Monday were called to a grocery store at 1207 Texas St. after remains were found in a houseboat that was on a trailer parked next to the store. The store's owner told police that he discovered the remains.
Police say the remains were severely decomposed, and the cause of death was not readily apparent.
Police will confirm only that investigators believe that the unidentified man as been dead for several months.
Shoppers at the grocery store say they are surprised that the remains were found inside the houseboat, right out in the open.
But they say that they're not surprised that it took so long for the body to be discovered in this busy area. They believe that the smells from the local seafood shop next door may have disguised the smell of decaying flesh.
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