DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Denver police say the body of a man found in a large Denver trash bin might have been the victim of a homicide.

Police said Thursday that a woman was going through a Dumpster in a Denver alley between Hudson Street and Grape Street on 12th Avenue and discovered the body of a man. The woman said it appeared the man suffered from a gunshot wound.

Officials say an autopsy is pending, but it looks like it was a homicide. The exact cause of death will be determined when the autopsy is complete.

Police initially called the death suspicious, but new information elevated the case to a homicide investigation.

The man has been identified as Gerald Schwatzman, 73.

If you have information regarding this homicide, please contact the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.

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