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A woman searching for Easter eggs with her three-year-old son was shocked to find a rotting corpse under her house.

Tara Hanouskova was in her garden on the Easter egg hunt when she noticed a pair of feet wearing tennis shoes, protruding from the dark under the wooden deck of her house in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In the days leading up to the discovery, she had noticed a smell getting progressively worse, she told The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Police removed the body of a middle-aged man from the scene. They do not believe he died suspiciously, and had lain under the house for about two weeks. There was no sign of him having camped beneath the house. The man is yet to be identified.

"I really don't even know how he got there,"  Hanouskova told the paper, and said that she had managed to get her son inside before he saw the body.

Police said the man had a medical condition that was likely to have caused his death.