Residents find corpse in water tower

Aug. 27, 2006 at 5:38 PM
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YONGHE CITY, Taiwan, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Residents of a complex in Youghe City, Taiwan, stopped drinking the water after they found the body of a man in the building's water tower, police say.

The residents decided to check the rooftop water tower after noticing their drinking water smelled unusual and looked cloudy over the past few days, The Taipei Times reports.

Police say they believe the 27-year-old man had been in the water tower for at least three days.

The 20 families living in the building were horrified they might have been drinking contaminated water, and immediately stopped using tap water after the corpse was discovered.

No one reported any illness, the Times said.

Police believe the man accidentally fell into the 10-foot-high tower while under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutors will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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