Mesa PD investigating after man found dead in vacant home

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Mesa police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead in a vacant home near Southern Avenue and Lindsay Road Tuesday night.

According to Det. Steve Berry, the investigation began as a suspicious death but was upgraded to a homicide investigation. 

The victim was identified on Wednesday afternoon as 63-year-old Charlton Hogwood.

Berry said Hogwood was overdue from doing maintenance work at the vacant home when a family member went to check on him and found him dead. 

Signs of trauma were found at the scene and there was also evidence that the crime may be drug-related, Berry said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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