The dark wood flooring that is left behind in the basement of a New York apartment complex where a man who has been missing for two decades has been found has left an unsettling legacy in his basement.
The dark wood was painted dark and white in the early 1970s and the walls and ceiling of the tiny basement apartment in a Midtown Manhattan housing project were painted bright white, according to the New York Times.
But a resident recently reported the dark wood had dark streaks on it and the floors had a strange smell.
The apartment complex in the Bronx, where the remains of Alfredo Ramirez were found in the spring of 2018, is a public housing project.
The Times reported the apartment is filled with “troubled characters” including homeless people and drug addicts.
The building is a magnet for drug dealers and other offenders.
The Times reported a resident told police in a recent interview that the dark-wood flooring was “frightening.”
The building’s owner told the Times the building was originally built in 1915 and is home to a family of immigrants from Puerto Rico.
He said his father owned the building when he was a teenager and the building had been in the family for decades.
The buildings owner told investigators that Ramirez, who is believed to have been killed in the apartment, had lived in the building since the 1970s.
The area has been the scene of a number of cold cases over the years, with more than 30 homicides over the past decade.
In 2015, a man was found stabbed to death in the middle of the dark basement.
In 2018, a Brooklyn woman died of a heart attack in a stairwell where a resident found her body.
In the 1970, a woman was found dead in a bathroom with a large cut on her head.
In January 2018, Ramirez’s body was found in a laundry room in the bathroom of the apartment complex.
Police said he may have been in his own apartment when he died.