According to the 911 call from the discovery, a person reported seeing a leg in a closet.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police in central Ohio say homicide detectives were sent to a Columbus rooming house after a badly decomposed human body part was found at the property west of downtown.

A Columbus police spokeswoman says the owner and a maintenance person were at the house for a routine check late Thursday morning when they smelled something odd and noticed the body part.

They called police.

NBC affiliate WCMH reports that police said the homeowner of the rental property, and a maintenance worker found a body part in a closet inside the home.

According to the 911 call from the discovery, a person reported seeing a leg in a closet.

"They noticed an odor coming out, called police, and what they found appeared to be a body part in the closet," said Denise Alex-Bouzounis, of Columbus police.

"The body was there for longer than a day or so, with the decomposition."

"A man from inside the home was questioned, but is not being called a suspect at this point. Police said it was difficult to imagine anyone living in the home, but that there were three roommates.

"When you go to the front door, the smell to be living there, it would knock you over, I would think," Bouzounis said.

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