The Erie County Coroner’s Office identified the body of a man found dead on Erie’s east side following an autopsy Monday.
Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook identified the man as Jason Tate, 32, of Erie.
The autopsy started around 11 a.m. Monday and police and Cook now await toxicology results and continue the investigation.
Police said they are handling the scene and the investigation like a homicide.
“Right now the priority is to determine the cause of death and start from the beginning and work it,” Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said.
The toxicology results could take up to three weeks.
Erie police were called to the 1100 block of East Ninth Street around 9:30 a.m. Saturday after a resident at the home found a body in the backyard.
When police arrived, they said Tate had some minor wounds to the face and another wound to the head.
Bowers said none of the wounds appeared to be death inflicting.
The woman living at the home where the body was found said the landlord came to collect rent and went to the backyard to see if the lawn needed mowed when the body was found.
She said she recalls hearing a loud thump, but thought it was the neighbor’s door.
If you have any information, police ask that you call detective Mike Suchy at 870-1161.