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Cleveland police: Body found in rubble of demolished former women's shelter on West 25th

This is the same location where a pair of suspected arson fires broke out last week. Authorities are still working to confirm a possible connection.

CLEVELAND — Police are investigating after a woman's body was found in a pile of debris in Cleveland's Irishtown Bend neighborhood.

Employees from Boyas Excavating in Valley View told officials they discovered the victim's arm Monday afternoon at their dump on Rockside Road after receiving rubble from West 25th Street. The refuse had been taken from the same location as the former Front Steps Housing and Services women's shelter, which was demolished last week as part of the ongoing Irishtown Bend Park project.

Prior to the building being torn down, a pair of fires broke out at the structure back on March 20, and authorities believe these blazes were intentionally set. While the Cleveland Fire Arson Unit is currently investigating, it is not known at this time if there is a connection between the fires and the woman's death.

The victim has not yet been identified, and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to find out how she died. Police are still looking into the matter and no arrests have been made related to the arsons.

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