GREENSBORO, N.C. – Police are investigating the death of a man found on the side of the road Wednesday morning in Greensboro as a homicide.
The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Larry Eugene Brown of Greensboro.
Officers responded to a call about a man found at the corner of North Church Street and Greenbriar Road just after 6 a.m.
A person driving by spotted the man just steps from the edge of the road and called 911, according to authorities.
Police said on Wednesday that there were no obvious signs of homicide such as gunshot or stab wounds. On Thursday, officers said they were investigating the incident as a homicide.
Police said they believe the victim was likely walking as part of his daily routine. He lived at an apartment at 133 Greenbriar Road.
Program Director Mark Sumerford at Greensboro Urban Ministry said Larry Brown had been in and out of their shelters for years and was finally getting back on his feet.
"He was placed at partnership village through our Beyond GUM program in January of this year," Sumerford said. "It's surprising that it would happen to somebody we know and somebody that was seemed to be an easy going guy and from what I understand well liked in the community by both the residents and the staff."
Lt. Jill Gladieux with the Greensboro Police Department said that they are following some leads on the case and that preliminary autopsy results report blunt force trauma to the head.