Man found dead in Palm Bay home identified

Police investigating death as homicide, found evidence of struggle

PALM BAY, Fla. - Palm Bay police are investigating a suspicious death at a home on Friday morning and neighbors tell Local 6 they heard a struggle before detectives arrived.

Detectives said they received a report at 6:15 p.m. Thursday from a man who found his friend dead on the floor of his home on Shwonda Avenue after not hearing from his friend for a period of time.

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When officers arrived they located Efrain Santiago, 38.

Deputies said they are investigating the death as a homicide due to suspicious circumstances after they found evidence of a struggle and other suspicious circumstances. 

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.  No other information is being released as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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