SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A morbid scene fit for Halloween prompted a caller to provide unique information to police Wednesday.

“There was a transient female walking down the 2900 block of Connie Drive. She actually had a skull in her possession,” Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said.

And it was not a Halloween prop!

“A call like this is not something that happens every day. We hope we can get down to the bottom of what caused this person to become deceased,” Heinlein added.

Police in Sacramento launched a death investigation based upon the skull in possession of the homeless woman.

“She brought the officers to the area where she located the skull,” according to Heinlein. They stopped at an abandoned house where the woman said she found it, and that’s where the officers located the rest of a decomposing body.

After the body was found, detectives and crime scene technicians spent many hours investigating.

A neighbor named Philip, says the homeless woman he called “Victoria” has lived in the encampment for years. He pointed to the exact location where the body was discovered, a few feet from her stuff.

Warren, another neighbor, whose house is also next to the encampment, smelled something foul but thought it was a dead cat. “I went to walk back there and thought, Damn! What the hell is that smell? It makes me sick to my stomach, so I turned my ass around and came back here,” he said.

The coroner will determine the identity of the remains and the cause of death.