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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- Richmond Police is conducting a death investigation after a body was found in a backyard in the near west end Sunday morning.

Police tell us the call came in shortly before 9:00 a.m. Sunday for a body found behind a home at 4015 Park Ave., near the intersection of Malvern Ave.

RPD spokesman James Mercante tells us that the call came in from a person who was driving on Malvern Ave. and noticed the body lying face down. Mercante describes the body as that of a while male in his early 30′s, who was already dead when RPD arrived. 

The identity of the man is being withheld at this point, but the Chief Medial Examiner’s Officer plans to investigate the body to determine the cause of death.

CBS 6 has a crew on the scene, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on this developing story.