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Landlord Finds Tenant Dead in Apartment

By: Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The body of a man, bound and bloodied, is discovered in his Honolulu apartment. Now, homicide detectives are trying to figure out what happened to him.

The case is classified as an unattended death with suspicious circumstances, until an autopsy can be performed. But police do believe they're looking at a murder.

Homicide investigators cram into a studio apartment, as patrol officers go door to door to question neighbors.

"My aunt called me up and said there's six, seven police cars outside. So I looked," Allan Young, victim's neighbor, said. "She said the ambulance came and left without taking anybody."

Too late for the ambulance. Inside the unit is a man's bloody body. Sources say his hands are bound behind him.

"I know this is serious when they're here, they've been here talking to people and they're not letting anybody in," Young said.

Police say the victim's landlord made the grisly discovery, when he arrived to fix something in the apartment.

"Knocked on the door, didn't get an answer," Lt. Bill Kato, Honolulu Police Department, said. "So he had told the tenant that he was coming in, used his pass key, went in, found the male on the floor."

Investigators say the victim has suspicious facial and head injuries.

"There's quite a bit of blood," Kato said. "And so we really can't see the wounds that well. We have to wait til we get him to the morgue."

Police say there was no sign of forced entry, but some of the items inside the unit seemed out of place.

"There's some things that look like they've been disturbed," Kato said. "But it's hard to say if that's the way he lived or if it was a sign of a struggle."

Court records indicate the 58-year-old victim's a convicted drug offender.

"I've been here over 50 years and I've seen this place change," Young said. "It doesn't bother me. Well, it does, you know, because you like to have a safe place."

The Medical Examiner is scheduled to do the autopsy Tuesday. We're not reporting the victim's name because we're told his family hasn't been notified.

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