Pittsburgh police investigating human remains found in shed behind house

Police are investigating after human remains were found in a shed behind a house in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood.

Police were alerted to reports of human remains found in a shed behind a residence on the 300 block of Reifert Street around 4:30 p.m.

Early Sunday morning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Crystal Leshner, 38.

Major Crimes Detectives and the Pittsburgh Crime Scene unit were called to the scene to collect evidence.

Neighbor Ronnie Davis said the scene was unsettling.

“I’m a single father, and I have two kids, and if it was a homicide, I need to know,” Davis said.

Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz said the investigation could take time.

“It is going to be a long investigation, of course. This is not usual. We are used to other things in the city, but this is definitely unusual,” Cruz said.

She said it was unclear at that point if the initial report came from someone who lives there.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 crew on scene saw the medical examiner come to the scene and take the body away.

No information on the demographic or identification of the remains was provided at this time. Cruz said she had no information if there is anyone in custody at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates.
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