Body found in bag near dumpster

A body was found this morning in a bag next to a dumpster on South Boulevard, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are treating the case as a homicide.

Shortly before noon, police issued an alert about a vehicle “of interest” in the case.

CMPD officer Jean Wassenaar said the bag containing the body was found near a dumpster behind Carolina Cleaners, in the 5500 block of South Boulevard, a short distance south of Tyvola Road. Wassenaar said the owner of the business spotted the bag when he arrived for work about 7 a.m. and carried some trash to the dumpster.

Police were called, and they found a body inside.

Officers went to businesses in the area, asking if anyone had seen anything in the area. the Observer's news partner, WCNC-TV, is reporting that police are working to determine if surveillance cameras might have captured images that can be used in the case.

Shortly before noon, police said they are looking for a red Chevrolet Cobalt with N.C. license tags XYK-6459 as a vehicle of interest. Anyone spotting this vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

Police said the medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause of death. The name of the victim has not been released.