30-year-old corpse found in Parisian mansion during renovation work

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New Delhi, India Published: Aug 12, 2020, 10:00 AM(IST)

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The building had remained abandoned since mid-18th century, and was sold for a whopping $41.2 million in January of 2020

Authorities in France recently discovered a 30-year-old corpse in a basement while overseeing renovations of a mansion in Paris.

The mansion in question, was sold for $41.2 million, and the discovery of the body has led the police to open a murder investigation.

The mansion is in Paris central 7th district, and is a historically important building.

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"Historically, it is an important building. Many people lived there, including poet François Coppée," Sabine Lebreton, the vice-president of Association pour la Sauvegarde du Site de la Rue Oudinot, a local preservation association, told CNN.

"It's also about what the place says… In the back, there is a huge garden, you can imagine the receptions and social functions... It's of [sic] another century."

The building had remained abandoned since mid-18th century, and was sold for a whopping $41.2 million in January of 2020.

Reports started surfacing in French media in July of a body being found the mansion’s basement.

According to CNN, the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a pilot murder investigation after discovering the body in the mansion undergoing facelift in Oudinot street in Paris.

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The body was reportedly discovered on February 26, and investigations are now underway, with the criminal unit taking over the case.

CNN spoke to Bruno Picard, a lawyer who was overseeing the house’s auction. According to him, nobody had visited the cellar, which is why the detail was missed in the report. The man was found in a spot where nobody had gone.

He also claims the new owner is about to begin work in the mansion!

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