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UPDATE (Jan. 11): Baltimore police identified the man as Dustin Davis, 33. Prefab Garden Studio
ORIGINAL STORY (Jan. 9): Baltimore police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in a storage container on a porch of a vacant home.
Police said officers were called Thursday to the 3500 block of Holmes Avenue for a report of a suspicious package. Officers found the storage container, discovered a foul odor emanating from it and found a man's body inside.
The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office, and the man's death was ruled a homicide by way of stabbing.
Police did not release the man's identity.
Neighbors said they noticed other things, like lights on in the house and in the back yard, bent and apparently discarded appliances and a sign of renovation work, among other things.
"The night before they found the body, you had some movers up there throwing furniture out the window upstairs. And, the next day, the next afternoon, they found the body up in there," a neighbor told 11 News.
Police told 11 News that a fire on Nov. 20 damaged the house. As part of the investigation into the discovery of the body, detectives are aware of the fire, but at this point, have not found a connection linking it to the killing.
Neighbors said police have been at the location for several days searching for evidence. They told 11 News they are deeply concerned that they had no idea of what was at the house until investigators arrived.
"Nothing was out of order or (seemed suspicious) or nothing, that's the scary part," a neighbor told 11 News.
Baltimore police on Tuesday released sketches of the victim's tattoos in an effort to help in identifying the man. Police said the man is Black and had long dreadlocks in addition to multiple tattoos.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.
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