Phoenix police say a homeless man was found dead in a vacant Maryvale home last night, and it's unclear how he died.
Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump says the body of the transient man was found last night in a vacant home in the 1900 block of 69th Avenue.
The death was first reported as a shooting, but Crump says that report was based on bad second-hand information provided by the person who called 9-1-1. According to Crump, the cause of death is unknown.
The identity of the victim is also unknown -- Crump says the body was too badly decomposed to make a positive ID. All police would say about the victim is that he's a transient man in his 40s.
At this point, Crump says, the victim appears to have died from natural causes. Investigators won't be sure, however, until an autopsy is performed.
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