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Man Whose Body Was Found In Fridge Yesterday Was Murdered, Police Say

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Police are now saying that the mysterious death of a man who was found in a refrigerator yesterday was the result of a murder.

Yesterday, workers who entered an apartment in the 600 block of West 57th St. in South L.A. to clean the unit made a grisly discovery: the body of a 41-year-old white male in the refrigerator. The victim's identity has not been released, pending family notification.

According to a release from the LAPD, the death has been ruled a homicide, though "the circumstances of the death are still under investigation." Detectives from the LAPD's Criminal Gang Homicide Division are hoping that the public will contact them if anyone knows anything about the case.

Investigators noted that there were no visible gunshot or knife wounds on the body, but LAPD Detective Chris Barling said, "There's other indications that it's not a natural death," KTLA reports. Police also said that a man had been evicted from that unit, and that workers who discovered the body were cleaning the unit when they made the grisly discovery.

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Neighbors of the man said that he had been exhibiting some strange behavior recently, including yelling at strange hours.

Anyone with information should contact 77th Division Criminal Gang/Homicide Detectives Fernando Cuevas or Eddie Amaral at 323-786-5113. Anonymous tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers via 1-888-222-8477.