A body wrapped in sheets was found shortly before noon today behind a Cedar Lake Road industrial business, near the railroad tracks.
An employee of Angstrom Analytical Inc., found the shrouded body in a small grassy area behind the 5001 Cedar Lake Road building, below a wooded berm that led to the train tracks.
After the employee called 911 to report the body, St. Louis Park police arrived but were unable to determine the body's age, sex or the extent of the injuries, city spokesman Jamie Zwilling said.
The body has been taken into custody by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, and police are investigating the incident as a crime.
A report is expected today or Wednesday from the medical examiner, and more information could be forthcoming if police decide they need the public's help in identifying a victim.
Sometelevision stations are reporting the body was wrapped in white bedsheets, but Zwilling said that the police department is not disclosing what type of sheets enveloped the body and that it would be difficult for an observer to differentiate by sight the sheets from police coverings.