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Body discovered in electrical vault on Tucson's east side

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities are investigating what is being called a mummified body discovered in an electrical vault on Tucson's east side.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the body was found when workers who were investigating a power fluctuation opened a manhole that had not been opened since 2009.

The vault is located near East Tanque Verde Road and North Tanque Verde Loop.

Joseph Barrios with Tucson Electric Power said they'll have to turn off the power in the area before law enforcement can remove the body, but they're waiting because it's currently peak time for power use and they don't want to leave the customers in the heat.

When power goes off, ideally the adjacent circuits will cover the need for nearby homes and businesses. Homicide and forensic crews will start investigating. The search and rescue team will send the remains to the medical examiner.

No other details are available at this time. Stay with Tucson News Now and KOLD News 13 for updates to this late breaking story.

Tucson News Now's Craig Reck is at the scene. He can be followed on Twitter at @CraigReckNews.

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