Mesa police have released the name of the man who was found dead in a Mesa apartment on Saturday night.  

Matthew Joseph Hayes, 33, was identified as the victim in what officers have described as a homicide, police said.

Officers conducted a welfare check at the apartment when someone called police to say he hadn’t heard from a relative living near Southern Avenue and Dobson Road, said Detective Steve Berry, a Mesa police spokesman. When they arrived at the apartment, they found a man’s body inside. 

Berry said the man had suffered no immediately apparent trauma, but the scene was “suspicious” and detectives were called to the residence. 

Further investigation determined the cause of death, and the case is being handled as a homicide, Berry said.

No other details, including a description of anyone police were seeking, were immediately available. Detectives were working Sunday morning to notify the man’s next of kin.

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