Bloody body found on sidewalk along Hotel Circle

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SAN DIEGO -- A dead man was found on a sidewalk on Hotel Circle, an area of Mission Valley, Sunday.

San Diego homicide detectives said officers got a call at 9:25 a.m. about a man lying on the sidewalk near the Kings Inn Hotel, located on the 1300 block of Hotel Circle South.

The man, who had signs of wounds to his upper torso, was not breathing and pronounced dead at the scene, said Lt. Ray Valentin of the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit.

“It’s unknown if its a gun wound or a stabbing. He had blood around his shirt and chest area,” Valentin said.

Valentin said it didn't appear that the man was hit by a car or that his body was placed there.  It was unknown how long his body was there before being found.

Police said the man's identity is unknown, he was described only as an African-American man in his 30s.

“We ask that anyone who was driving by, if they saw the individual laying here and didn’t think to call, please call,” Valentin said.

“We did set up a process where anyone who was parked in the parking lot adjacent to where the body was found," he said. "We were talking to those individuals to make sure they didn’t see anything. We took their driver’s license information and car plates just so the crime scene stays intact for us.”

The county Medical Examiner's Office was to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.