The body recovered from an ornamental well in a Surrey garden had not been there for more than a matter of weeks, Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons told reporters at the scene.
He said: "It's not been there for an extended period of time, it will be a matter of weeks at the most."
He was not prepared to discuss who lives in the house, or a suggestion that the body was wrapped in carpet. He could not confirm or deny whether the body was intact.
More top news
The controversial camp mate, who was potentially on course to be crowned Jungle Queen, has quit four days before the final.
A man caught with dozens of turtles inside his pants is to face a court under the US justice system.
Too many family homes are being built around the size of a bathroom too small for people to live in them comfortably, a report says.