The bodies of a man and woman were found yesterday in the basement of a neat rowhouse in the Yorkwood section of Northeast Baltimore, police said.
Police found the bodies -- a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s -- about 11 a.m. in the rowhouse at 2027 Crestview Road.
Police were called by a relative who had been unable to contact the female victim for several days.
Officer Robert Weinhold, a police spokesman, said officers who entered the two-story brick dwelling through a rear first-floor window smelled a foul odor caused by the decomposing bodies.
Police found the woman's body in the basement and about two hours later discovered the man's body, also in the basement, after a search.
Officer Weinhold said the condition of the bodies made it impossible for homicide detectives to determine the causes of death. Autopsies were to be conducted today, he said.
"The autopsies are expected to give us that information, and hopefully we'll be able to identity both victims shortly," Officer Weinhold said.
He declined to say if the dwelling had been ransacked or if any property appeared to be missing.
Police were unable to say how long the bodies had been there, but Andrea Dimakakos, 12, who lives next door, said she smelled unusual odor coming from the rowhouse about a week ago.
She said her mother dismissed the odor as being caused by a possible flooded basement.