Dead body found in Bessemer

Bessemer Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, contractors were working in the 600 block of 20th Street North when they detected a foul odor.{} Police were called to the scene and found a badly decomposed body of a white male.{} The Jefferson County Coroner's Office took possession of the body to determine a cause of death.{}

Detectives will work in cooperation with the coroner's office to identify the person and determine whether{} foul play was involved.