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The suspicious death of man at a home on Tucson's south side Tuesday afternoon is being investigated as a homicide, officials said Wednesday.

Leslie M. Bitker, 72, was found unresponsive by his landlord at the home in the 5500 block of South White Rock Avenue shortly before 2 p.m.

Tucson paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, a Tucson police news release said.

Bitker had obvious signs of blunt force trauma, the news release said. 

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Detectives collected evidence through a search warrant and determined his death was not an accident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster line.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.