A woman’s partially clothed body was found Wednesday afternoon stuffed in a trash can that had been placed behind a Central City home, New Orleans police said.

The unknown woman appeared to have been stabbed, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is pending.

A city building inspector made the discovery a little after noon behind a home in the 3300 block of Danneel Street.

While surveying an abandoned home, the inspector found the trash can behind an occupied home. The can felt heavier than usual, and the inspector looked inside to find the body, Robertson said.

The homeowner whose house the trash can was found behind told police he did not know how it got there, Robertson said.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 40s and whose pants were down around her legs, was not decomposing, leading investigators to believe she had not been dead long before she was discovered, Robertson said.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5300.