Police are investigating a homicide on Spring Street in New Haven Sunday.
According to police, they received a 911 call Saturday night, at around 10:22 p.m., from a man claiming to have been stabbed in a house in the area of Washington Ave and Spring Street. The caller did not provide dispatch with an address.
Police said they made numerous attempts to call the victim's phone, but none of the calls were answered.
Officers were sent to the intersection to search for the victim and they interviewed several people in the area, but none had any information regarding the assault.
According to police, authorities were called to the scene around 7:37 a.m. Sunday after receiving the report of a body at 218 Spring Street.Authorities arrived to find the victim, a 49-year-old resident of New Haven, lying on the floor of a first-floor apartment. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The victim was not a resident of 216 Spring Street, authorities said.
Buildings at 216 and 218 Spring Street were roped off while police investigated.
"The door was open," said Assistant Chief of the New Haven Police Department, Achilles Generoso. "Someone actually walked by and looked in and saw the gentleman and gave us a call."
New Haven resident Gary Woodsen has friends who live in the duplex where the body was found. He said he knew the victim personally.
"It's just a tragic thing that happened," Woodsen said, adding that he thought the death may have been drug-related, based on what he knows about the neighborhood and the victim.
Neighbors said they thought they heard a scuffle in the apartment last night and speculated that the victim seemed to have been beaten to death.
Police have not identified the victim. While they believe he was murdered, police have not determined the victim's cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6304.