COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A call to police about an obnoxious odor coming from a vacant home has turned into an abuse of corpse investigation.

Police received a call just before 11 a.m. Sept. 25 about suspicious circumstances in the 2500 block of North Cascade Avenue after neighbors reported smelling what they thought was “rotting meat” coming from a detached garage.

When officers arrived, they found a body in a body bag under carpet in the garage of the vacant home.

It appears the body was placed there by individuals who worked for a funeral and cremation company after the El Paso County coroner had conducted an autopsy.

Craig Ryan Brown and J. Timothy Brown (credit: Colorado Springs Police)

Craig Ryan Brown and J. Timothy Brown (credit: Colorado Springs Police)

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for the two men linked to the investigation regarding the human remains.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Craig Ryan Brown, 34, and J. Timothy Brown, 51, for criminal trespass, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse.

Additional Information from Colorado Springs Police:

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.


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