Victim Robert James Pitcher known to police
It appears a man's death in Paradise may have been a homicide.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed Robert James Pitcher's death was suspicious based on early reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The 31-year-old Pitcher was known to police, according to RNC Const. Steve Curnew, who spoke with reporters this afternoon near the crime scene on Seascape Drive.
Details about the exact cause of death will not be known until the full coroner's report is released. Curnew said it may take a day or two for that to happen.
The RNC is still holding the scene where the body was found Monday morning.
Lots of activity at scene of body's discovery in Paradise
Police and other personnel are taking a close look at an empty building lot in Paradise where a dead man was found Monday morning.
As of late Tuesday morning, members of Rovers Search and Rescue were assisting the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in its search for clues related to the discovery made the day before on Seascape Drive.
A metal detector is being used to scour the property, and people at the scene are using rakes to sort through gravel. Lined up as a group, they are slowly moving over the property.
Dead tree branches are being tossed out of the way into piles in the taped-off area at the very end of Seascape Drive.
On Monday, Const. Steve Curnew told reporters the scene would be held until the results of an autopsy are known. The RNC is treating this case as a sudden death.
Police have not confirmed any details about the deceased, but he appears to be a young man. Blood was visible on his face.
The RNC is set to provide a further update on its investigation later today.