Man's bloody body found in front of vacant South Phoenix home

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Police in South Phoenix are investigating the discovery of a bloody body in front of a vacant home early Wednesday morning.

It started with a 3 a.m. call regarding a disturbance in the area of southwest of 16th and LaSalle streets, a few blocks south of Roeser Road. A neighbor reported hearing a ruckus outside and seeing a man in the street.

When officers arrived on the scene for a welfare check, they found the body of a man in his 60s. He was lying partially on the sidewalk and partially in the street in front of a vacant home.

Investigators do not know how the man died, but said there are obvious signs of trauma, leading them to consider the possibility that a killer might be on the loose. Until the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office can determine the cause of death, however, the case will be classified as a "death unknown."

"We won't know if there is foul play until the ME does their exam," Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told 3TV in an email.

While homicide detectives do not believe the unidentified man lived in the neighborhood, they are not calling him a transient.

Investigators have been talking to neighbors and scouring the scene for evidence, but at this point, they do not have much to work with.

Police expected to be on the scene throughout the morning.