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Homicide investigation underway after man found dead at Melbourne home

28-year-old Joshua Elzas’ body found with trauma to it, police say

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – Authorities are investigating after residents returned to their Melbourne home to find a man dead inside, according to police.

Melbourne police said the residents arrived at their home in the 1000 block of Garfield Street around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and found the man, identified as 28-year-old Joshua Elzas, unresponsive.

Officers arrived at the home and found signs of trauma on Elzas’ body, according to a news release.

Authorities are now looking for witnesses to determine what led up to his death.

According to police, Elzas did not live at the home where his body was found but was known to the residents who found him.

Anyone with information about Elzas’ death is asked to call the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6443 or submit an anonymous tip through Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477. The investigation is being treated as a homicide, police said.


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