For weeks, a curious stench had wafted through an area of trails near St. Francis Xavier School on Scott Road, confounding walkers and hikers alike until one day, someone decided to investigate.
What they found on Monday was a gruesome end to a months-long search that had befuddled authorities looking for missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens.
“I had been out the night before and smelled that, too, but you know, I didn't think anything of it. You smell things out in the woods,” said Gretchen Bingea, who often walks her Shepherd mix in the hillside area where the body was found.
The next day, she was alone on a walk when she passed a neighbor on the service road adjacent to the school. They continued on their separate ways, but a short time later, she and another friend heard a whistle.
“He was calling us to come back down [the hill],” Bingea said.