Residents of a New York neighborhood are in shock after the body of a man was discovered decomposing in a food truck almost two months after it was ditched beneath an underpass.
The deceased person was found in the passenger seat of the vehicle decorated in a jungle print that law enforcement in Queens cranked open around 10.40am on Friday with a crowbar.
They were greeted by swarms of flies and maggots as they busted open the motor that was parked outside several auto repair shops in the Jamaica neighborhood.
It was a week after a stench was detected by some locals, one of which said they walked by every day without knowing there was a corpse inside.
Another who said they last ate pupusas from the vendor on May 10.
Cops said the body had been there a long time and it was filled with junk including folded flat tables and children’s books.
One person told the New York Daily News the dead man – who sold food from El Salvador – lived inside the truck.
Carlos Jadan, 32, said that last week: ‘It didn’t smell strong because it was closed up good.’
It stayed parked on Liberty Ave near 177th St in Jamaica, since one week after the last reported food sale from Ty LaFrance, 22, almost two months ago. He called the discovery ‘unreal’.
Neighbor Trey Young, 24, said the whiff was so bad that he believed rats or mice had died in his home.
‘At first I thought it was like trash or like rodents, like, dead and in my house or something,’ Young said.