TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Police are investigating a homicide on Mandalay Avenue in Clearwater Beach Friday morning.
Deputy Chief Michael Waleck said a man was found dead after a passerby called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Shortly after the call, police found the victim’s body.
Waleck said the man, later identified as 49-year-old Jeffrey Chapman, of Clearwater Beach, appeared to have been riding a bicycle at the time of his death.
Police said Chapman suffered blunt force trauma to his upper body. The Pinellas-Pasco County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine his exact cause of death.
According to the deputy chief, crimes like this are rare in the location where Chapman’s body was found.
“We are using every investigative method to follow up on this,” Waleck said.
No one has been arrested in the case as of this report. However, police said they are looking for a black, four-door vehicle that could be connected to the man’s death. Police said there are at least two suspects.
Waleck said there is no threat to the public at this moment.
Anyone with information on the identity of the victim or with information on the homicide is asked to call Clearwater Police at 727-562-4242.
This story is developing and will be updated.