Woman's body found in abandoned foundry pit

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Police say the body found in a pit at an abandoned foundry in Longview was a woman.

An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and police are investigating the death.

The Daily News reports the body was found Tuesday in a 20-foot concrete pit at the Beech Street foundry. It was reported by a man searching for scrap metal.

A deputy coroner estimated the woman had been dead more than a week. Capt. Robert Huhta called the death suspicious but said detectives were just beginning their investigation.

The foundry has been closed for years and was condemned a year ago. Police and neighbors said it has been a haven for metal thieves and drug users.