Another woman, who has not been named, also was found inside the storefront and taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said. Police said late Wednesday they did not suspect foul play in the incident.
Police first searched the area around the shopping plaza at about 1:10 p.m. after receiving an anonymous call in which the caller reported one "dead body and possibly another" across from the nearby Belmont Beverage store at 4308 S. Anthony, a police spokeswoman has said.
Officers initially did not find anyone in the strip mall but went back to the area and found the women at about 2:08 p.m. after receiving a second call from a neighboring business owner, police said. The business owner also reported a "strong odor" in the vacant storefront, but firefighters did not immediately detect the source of the smell.