Dead man found in vacant home on McQuade Street

Jacksonville police say death being investigated as a murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was found dead in a vacant home and Jacksonville police suspect foul play.

The man's body was found around 10:30 a.m. Saturday by the owner of the home. 

Sgt. M. Musser, with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said it doesn't appear the man's body had been there long, but he did not say how the man may have died.

The homeowner, who doesn't live in the house on McQuade Street, went to check his property when he found the dead man.

Detectives did not say how they believe the man got into the home or what he may have been doing in there. According to the Sheriff's Office, the man's death is being investigated as a murder.

Leon Bridges was helping the homeowner renovate the house was with him when he found the body.

"Me and another guy, we go in the house and we see this guy lying down on the couch, but the way he was lying he didn’t have any clothes on. No clothes and the back of his head was bust open," Bridges said.

Bridges said he's lived in the Lackawanna neighborhood for more than 40 years and has never seen anything like that.

If you have any information about the homicide, you're asked to call JSO or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).