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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Los Angeles:  Paramedics and police found the body of a 47-year-old man dead inside a room at Volunteers of America just before 7 a.m., April 15, 2011. Based on preliminary examinations, the man appeared to have been dead for more than three days.  Managers called authorities after a resident reported a foul odor coming from room B-221 around 6:30 a.m.

While the motive for the attack is not known, detectives did confirm the man died from blunt force trauma.

Investigators are following up on several leads in the case. They are most interested in learning more about the victim’s associates and friends.”

The Volunteers of America is located at 622 S. Wall Street, Los Angeles.

This investigation is not related to the stabbing murder of 35-year-old Eduardo Triana, which occurred on April 13, 2011, near 9th Street and Hill Street.

The public is encouraged to report tips, anonymous or otherwise to Det. Brian Putnam at the Central Homicide Unit, 213-972-1257, or to Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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