A body was found in the abandoned cellar of a building of Rive-de-Gier, Saint-Etienne, in the Loire valley.
It is the owner of this small building that has made the grisly discovery Thursday afternoon when he went down to show one of the wineries to one of its tenants.
According to the preliminary findings, the victim is a woman aged about forty years.
It could be a resident of the region missing for several months.
An autopsy will be performed this day to know the causes of death. DNA analyses will also be performed to confirm the identity of the deceased.