A woman was found dead outside a Massapequa house Thursday by contractors who heard the sound of running water, Nassau police said.
The contractors, who were working next door, heard water spilling out of 27 Ocean Ave. just before 12:30 p.m., police said.
They found the woman, who appears to be middle-aged, by the bushes outside the house, police said.
The woman has not been identified, police said, and detectives worked late Thursday night at the scene, which was cordoned off with tape.
The cause of death is yet to be determined, police said, and the body had deteriorated making it hard to see whether signs of foul play were present. The medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy.
Residents on the street called each other Thursday to figure out who had died, said a woman who lives near the house where the body was found.
"None of the neighbors seem to be among the missing," said the woman, who asked not to be named.
She said the home's owner had died last year and the heirs had recently sold the house. A "Sold" sign had been slapped on the for-sale sign outside.
Police said the pipes had burst at the house, which was damaged during Sandy, and water had flooded into the rooms.
The house was supposed to be empty, the neighbor said. The back, which faces South Oyster Bay, was sheared off, leaving it looking like an exposed "doll house," she said.