A dead body was discovered at the residence of 901 Evergreen Drive, Friday, May 10, 2013 in Killeen.

Police are investigating the death of a man found Friday in the backyard of a Killeen home.

During a welfare check, the unidentified man was found dead inside a car parked in the backyard of a home in the 900 block of Evergreen Drive.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said police are treating the investigation as a homicide; however, they have not determined whether the man’s death was the result of foul play. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 1:19 p.m. Friday and ordered an autopsy.

Police have yet to determine the man’s identity. The body was in a state of decomposition, indicating it had been there for a number of days, Smith said.

Neighbor Roger Gilbert, who has lived on Evergreen Drive for about 10 years, said he noticed the odor of what he believed was a dead animal.

“I didn’t know what it was,” Gibert said. “I wasn’t thinking anyone was dead.”

Marilyn Vasquez-Phares, a 28-year resident of Evergreen Drive, said the central Killeen neighborhood is typically a safe and quiet part of town.

“Nothing goes on around here like this,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing, and Smith said more details will be made available after the autopsy is completed.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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