Body found in Phoenix alley

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Joshua C. Calkins By Jennifer Thomas Joshua C. Calkins By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Phoenix police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in an alley in the area of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road Wednesday afternoon.

A resident of the area was walking through the alley just north of Devonshire Avenue at about 1 p.m. and saw what he believed was a body wrapped up in a blanket, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump.

The body has been identified as Joshua C. Calkins, 35.

Investigators said there were obvious signs of trauma and the death is being treated as a homicide.

Police do not have any suspect information.

Anyone with information about the victim or the crime is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.