Body found at Phoenix business; victim stabbed with screwdriver?

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Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are searching for a suspect after a body was found at a Phoenix business early Thursday morning.

The Phoenix Fire Department was called out to Premiere Building Systems just off of 35th Avenue south of Buckeye Road shortly before 5 a.m. It was while dealing with the fire that crews discovered the man's body.

At this point, police will only say there appears to have been some sort of struggle. Reports from the scene are that the victim might have been stabbed with a screwdriver, but investigators will not confirm that.

A manager with the company said the victim was an employee of the business, a 64-year-old supervisor who was getting ready to retire within the next year. Police have identified the victim as Angel Morales.

"He was about a 15-year-employee. Very dedicated, clean-cut, a good guy -- one of the type of employees you always want to have," said Harry Millard.

Police said the victim's vehicle, a 1995 white two-door Chevy Beretta with the Arizona handicapped license place 4HDH, is missing. Officers have set up a large perimeter and are scouring the streets for both that vehicle and the suspect.

Investigators said it's possible that the victim encountered a would-be burglar when he arrived at work to open for the day. He routinely is the first person in each morning.

Employees were starting to show up for work at about 6 a.m., but they were being kept outside and told very little about what had happened.

There are no details concerning the suspect.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said it's possible the suspect might have started the fire in an attempt to cover his tracks.

Anyone who may have knowledge concerning this incident, the suspect or suspects involved, or the whereabouts of the victim’s vehicle is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or they can call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. For Spanish, they can call 480-TESTIGO