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Body found becomes Lancaster's first homicide of 2013

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Lancaster City Police were waiting on the Coroner before calling it a homicide investigation, but autopsy results released Tuesday afternoon confirmed their suspicions. The cause of death has been ruled death by "sharp force trauma."

"We're trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together," said Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler. 

Neighbor Natalie Rivera and her two young daughters watched police search the home from across the street. 

"It's distressing because they've been there for a whole day or two and we just want to know what happened," she said. 

Officers arrived to the 200 block of West Walnut Street Monday morning, called in by a landlord to check on the welfare of a tenant. 

Mail had built up, and neighbors reported a foul odor. 

"For us to make entry into the apartment and find somebody face down in a pool of blood, that obviously serves as a suspicious death," said Sadler in a Tuesday morning press conference. 

It's the kind of thing Scott Beinlick thought he was getting away from. 

"I moved up here hoping to be in a better area," he said. 

Beinlick moved from the Rescue Mission on Water Street one month ago.

"I didn't hear anything. The block is normally so quiet," he added. 

The goal is that if somebody did hear something - or knows anything - at all... they will contact Lancaster City police. 

It's the first death of it's kind for 2013, and police understand that the community is worried. 

"When you find somebody deceased inside of a residence it is not going to make people feel, in that area especially, comfortable," said Sadler, "Where doesn't appear to be any other evidence that would indicate that there is any kind of pattern."

The name of the victim has not yet been released. Police described him as a middle-aged white male. 

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