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Man's death called a possible homicide

(ran ET edition of TAMPA & STATE)

Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered Monday in a trash bin behind a Pinellas Park car dealership.

A groundskeeper working at Scott Buick on U.S. 19 found the body when he dumped a bucket of trash into the brown, commercial-sized bin behind the dealership's auto body repair shop.

Police were investigating the death as a possible homicide but released few other details, including the man's approximate age, what he was wearing, the apparent cause of death or how long he appeared to have been dead.

Sgt. Sandy Forseth said investigators hope to release more information, including the man's identity, late this morning.

Detectives spent much of Monday afternoon searching the bin before removing the body.

The repair shop and the trash bin are surrounded by a fence that is locked at night. To get to the bin during the day, one would have to walk within several feet of the doors to the body shop.

Pinellas Park has not had a homicide this year.