H-SAN MIGUEL

Oct 3, 2012 1:51 AM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Death investigation in San Miguel

After hours of investigating a man's death, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies did not rule whether it was a homicide or a suicide.

The body of a man who was in his late 20s to early 30s was found inside his San Miguel home Tuesday morning, which is on the 1900 block of San Juan Bautista.

"It's shocking. Since we have lived here nothing like this has happened. It's kind of crazy because it's a small town," said Shaynna Gonzalez, who lives next door to the house where the man died.

As the sun set, more people came home to many unanswered questions.

"We are conducting interviews with the neighbors trying to find out what exactly happened," said Tony Cipolla, the Public Information Officer for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

Putting all the pieces together, investigators said it began with 911 call made at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday morning. The call explained that someone was suicidal, but crime officials said when they arrived on scene, the death was unusual. They would not tell KSBY News if the man was still alive when they arrived at the house.

"Any time there is an unusual death in the county, the sheriff's office, the coroners office is discharged to find out why it was unusual, so that's why they begin an investigation," said Cipolla.

The body was taken out of the house draped in an American flag for respect. Sheriff's deputies said the man who died served this country, and was a military veteran.

Neighbors said they did not hear any gunshots or disturbances Tuesday morning. They also said that the man who died had recently moved to the San Miguel neighborhood and lived with another guy close in age as well as two young kids.

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