CHICO, Calif. 4:30 P.M. UPDATE - The Chico Police Department said an investigation is underway after officers found a body inside a home while serving a search warrant on Wednesday morning.
Police said they responded to a home on the 2600 block of Burnap Avenue to serve the search warrant when they found a man dead inside and another person alive. Police said they have detained the person and they are cooperating with police.
Lieutenant Brian Miller said the search warrant was served for financial crimes and the possibility of foul play in the death. Miller said there is no indication of foul play at this time.
Miller told Action News Now that there have been several welfare checks at the home over the past few years. He said detectives suspect the man was dead before they entered the property Wednesday morning.
People living in the area said they were shocked to hear about the death especially neighbors that had asked police for welfare checks at the home prior.
Mimi Atkins has lived in the neighborhood for over 26 years and said she heard the SWAT Team asking a man inside of the home to come out around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Atkins said people in the area tend to look out for one another which is why neighbors called for welfare checks multiple times.
"I've never seen the people that lived there and then that motorcycle came and it would come and go but it hadn't moved for long enough that the weeds had grown up around it. I don't know how they figured out that something was wrong but a few of us had called for welfare checks," she said.
The Chico Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Chico Fire Department were at the scene. They left the scene before 4 p.m.
Police said the case remains under investigation and that there is no threat to the community.