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Homeless man found dead on vacant building's stairs killed by stabbing, strangulation

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Posted at 9:02 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 19:09:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Police officials are investigating an apparent murder after a man's body was found in Nashville with visible signs of trauma.

A passerby saw the body of 51-year-old Michael Sparks lying on stairs leading to the landing of a vancant building on the 400 block of Elm Street.

Without knowing he was deceased, the passerby told a nearby officer that someone should check on him.

Metro police have confirmed the man died from being strangled and stabbed.

Sparks was homeless, according to MNPD.

Police say it appears someone had been staying on the landing as several personal items, including clothing, food containers, and books, were found there.

Anyone with information about the apparent murder is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

The investigation is continuing.