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Police Say Summer Place Death A Homicide; Victim Identified

An autopsy is finished on the body of a man found dead Sunday morning in Greenville, but police remain tight-lipped on the case.

Michael Burgwardt's body was found Sunday morning at Summer Place Gardens around 9:50 a.m. The police report lists the case as a homicide.

An upstairs neighbor tells WITN News that she saw the 64 year old man's vehicle parked, with its trunk popped open. She went downstairs where his door was cracked open and she saw Burgwardt's legs on the floor. The woman then called 911.

Neighbors say Burgwardt was a landlord for several tenants at the complex.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy was done Monday afternoon, but referred all inquiries to Greenville police. A spokesman this afternoon did not return our phone calls for additional information.

It's the second murder in Greenville within four days. Thursday night Leroy Staton was stabbed in the parking lot of Jaycee Park on Cedar Lane. No one has been arrested in either homicide.

So far this year Greenville has had five murders, tying the number from 2010.


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A death investigation is underway at an apartment complex in Greenville.

EMS officials contacted Greenville police around 10 a.m. Sunday after a body was discovered inside an apartment at Summer Place Gardens.

The body was found inside apartment 4 of building 3212.

Police have not released the identity.

We will bring you more details as soon as they become available.


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