Prince George’s police investigate death in Cheverly area

Police are now investigating the case of the man found dead on 51st Place in the Cheverly area as a homicide, authorities said.

Cpl. Erica Johnson, a Prince George’s County police spokesman, said the man was suffering trauma to the body, though she was not sure what type. Someone called 911 just before 6 a.m. Wednesday after spotting his body lying in the roadway, Johnson said.

Johnson said homicide detectives are working to determine whether the man was killed on 51st Place or his body was dumped there after being killed elsewhere. She said the body appeared to be that of a man in his 30s, but she could not yet release his identity.

The scene is in an industrial area near where Route 50 meets Kenilworth Avenue. Surveillance cameras dot the street, and one appears to point directly at the spot where the man’s was found. Some blood was still visible in that spot Wednesday afternoon.

Employees in the area who saw the body said the man was wearing a white T-shirt and appeared to be laying with his hands tucked behind his back. The employees said others who had reviewed surveillance footage told them the man had been dumped there by two suspects who pulled his body out of a vehicle’s trunk.

Johnson said investigators are still working to recover and review the surveillance footage

This post has been updated.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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