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29/02/2016 15:56 GMT | Updated 01/03/2016 10:59 GMT

Airbnb Guests Discover Decomposing Body In Garden Of French Rental

A group of guests who rented an Airbnb house in France for the weekend were shocked to discover the decomposing body of a woman in the garden.

The remains were discovered at the property in Palaiseau, 17km south of Paris on Saturday. French authorities are treating the death as murder.

Bertrand Daillie, the deputy prosecutor for the suburb of Evry, said a group of young people who were renting the house for a party at the weekend discovered the badly decomposed corpse in the garden near the edge of the property.

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The body was found in the garden of an Airbnb rental property

He said it was covered by tree branches that had been placed there deliberately.

Daillie told France Bleu radio the renters were to be questioned but had only hired the house for that weekend.

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One source told AFP the woman was found “hunched in a dug-out area, her head against the ground, covered in branches and surrounded by wood stumps.”

He added the victim was dressed but was not wearing shoes and had a “ring with a large stone” on her finger.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the listing was removed on Sunday from the Airbnb website. A spokesman for the firm said:

"We have offered our assistance to the police and will help them with their investigation in any way we can.

" We have reached out to the host and guests and will provide all necessary support. Over 80 million people have travelled on Airbnb and problems for hosts and guests are extremely rare."