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May 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Body found in shopping cart in Rainier Valley

Seattle Police and crime-scene investigators gather behind a home near the 4000 block of South Austin Street where a body was found. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Police and Crime Scene investigators gather behind a home near the 4000 block of S. Austin Street where a body was found. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Update at 1:53 p.m.: Police are now saying the victim may not have been stabbed, as earlier reported. Police say they are still trying to determine the cause of death, although the official ruling will have to be made by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Update at 1:06 p.m.: A woman who lives near where the body was found saw the young man pushing the cart, according to neighbor Hodan Mohamed.  The body was wrapped in blankets that appeared to be covered in blood, the woman told Mohamed.

The woman then saw the man try to pick up the body and put it in her recycling bin, said Mohamed. The woman asked what he was doing and the man said he was trying to place the body in the “cleaners.” The man then walked away.

The woman, who speaks limited English, then told Mohamed, who called police.

Original post: The body of an apparent stabbing victim has been found in a shopping cart in South Seattle, police said.

The body was found in the 4000 block of South Austin Street, near Central Park, according to police.

Around 11 a.m., someone called 911 to report that a young man was pushing a shopping cart with a body inside, said Officer Patrick Michaud, Seattle police spokesman. When officers arrived, the man pushing the cart was gone but they confirmed that an “obviously dead” person was in the cart, he said.

The officers immediately called homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators to the scene, Michaud said.

Seattle Fire Department medics were also called and they determined the person in the shopping cart was dead and had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Michaud could not provide any information about the age or gender of the body.

Police are looking for the person seen pushing the cart, who was described as a younger black male with black dreadlocks. He was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

The location is not far from a Safeway, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether the shopping cart came from the supermarket.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional details.

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