ONTARIO - Police are working to identify the person whose body was found in a vacant home in Ontario Thursday.

Ontario Police Chief Mark Alexander said the decomposed body was discovered by a transient at around 9:45 a.m. inside a house in the 600 block of 2nd Street. The body had apparently been there for some time, he said.

The identity has not been confirmed, nor can we even right now officially say we know the gender or the age or race, he said.

The minimal ventilation inside the house coupled with hot weather can speed up the decomposition process, so police are not sure when the person died.

The medical examiner in Portland is scheduled to perform an autopsy on the body. Authorities are hoping that can help them determine who the person was and how he or she died.

Alexander said this is not the first time officers have been called out to the empty house.

This vacant home has been a problem to us for a while, with transients and kids entering it unlawfully, he said, adding the house is also a frequent target for vandals.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about where the body was found, and has been updated.

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