Man found dead in back yard

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crimeSAN DIEGO — A middle-aged man was found dead in the back yard of a Swan Canyon-area home Saturday and homicide detectives were called to investigate, a police lieutenant said.

The body was spotted face-down in the yard of a home in the 3100 block of 44th Street near Redwood Street about 1:30 p.m., according to San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert. A person who went to check on the man discovered he was dead, the lieutenant said.

Herbert said patrol officers and paramedics conducting a preliminary investigation noticed “suspicious trauma to the man’s body.” He did not elaborate.

Homicide detectives were then summoned. Herbert said the cause and manner of the man’s death were not yet known and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Officer would perform an autopsy. Herbert did not release the man’s name.

Herbert asked anyone with information related to the incident to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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