Detroit Public Schools police were called shortly before 2 p.m to the basement of former Cody Ninth Grade Academy, at Southfield Freeway near W. Warren, after someone found the body and phoned the tip into CrimeStoppers.
The body was so decomposed and burned that police were unable to determine the gender.
An autopsy is expected soon to determine the cause of death.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.