Police in Carthage say they are investigating the murder of a man found near a homeless camp along the banks of the Spring River on the city's north side.
Police Chief Greg Dagnan says his office received reports about the 43 year-old man's death about 9:30 this (04-25-12) morning.
The Hispanic male, who had been living in Carthage for some time, was living in the camp with about five or six other people, according to Dagnan.
Dagnan says an autopsy will be performed on the man tomorrow in Columbia and his name will be released once the man's family has been notified. "We're struggling to find family members right now," said Dagnan.
The Tri-State Major Case Squad has been called in to assist in the investigation.
Investigator's were still on the scene at 7:00 p.m. and do not have a suspect in custody. "There's no question it's a homicide. We're gonna be here until it's solved," said Dagnan.
Chief Dagnan has identified the victim as Mario Gonzales and said that it was Gonzales' girlfriend, who lived with him at the homeless camp, that found him dead.