City police investigate body found in northwest Baltimore

BALTIMORE - UPDATE -- Police are investigating a homicide after medical examiners determine the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. 

The victim has been identified as Ina Jenkins, a 36-year-old woman. 

ORIGINAL -- Baltimore City police are investigating the discovery of a body found Tuesday in northwest Baltimore.

Police are calling the discovery of the body, located around 2:30 p.m. on the 4000 block of Penhurst Ave. a "suspicious death."

Witnesses told police they saw a body in the back of the house. Investigators are working right now to figure out how long the body has been there and officially offer a gender, age and identity of the body.

"Initial reports is that the body appeared to have been burned at the location, so what we've done is we've called for our arson unit to come out along with our homicide detectives," said Det. Jeremy Silbert, a Baltimore City police spokesman. "So both investigators are at the scene right now. They will work together if, in fact, this is ruled a homicide or any other type of case.

"I want to reiterate we're investigating this as a suspicious death until we get the ruling from the medical examiner's office."

Following the discovery of the body, police have blocked the street off so that they can continue with their investigation. Police are also saying whoever made that call to police did the right thing. They're encouraging other people to do the same should they witness suspicious activity in the future.

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