FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body in the woods this week as a homicide.

Early Wednesday evening, Franklin Township police responded to a call about suspicious activity at a residence on Park Street, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson's office said in a statement. It said "numerous individuals" near the residence told responding officers they'd found a body in the wooded area toward the rear of the residence. Police found and secured the body, the prosecutor's officee said.

It said the body was a male, believed to be a resident of the street, but didn't say whether the person was believed to be the resident of that home or offer other identifying information.

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The office also didn't say whether any of its initial findings or the reports from witnesses suggested the circumstances around the death, but said it has been classified as a homicide.

The office said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as a positive identification and to allow for next of kin to be notified.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app.  Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential, police said.

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