Pinellas Park Police investigates homicide behind The Shoppes at Park Place

Posted at 10:06 PM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:17:25-05

Authorities identified the victim of a homicide Saturday night in Pinellas Park as 38-year-old Will Joe Hodges.

Pinellas Park Police say two people collecting cardboard found an unresponsive man lying on the ground next to a large garbage bin at The Shoppes at Park Place, located at 7310 US Highway 19 North, about 6:15 p.m.

When police officers arrived, it was determined the man was dead and an investigation was launched. 

Detectives determined Hodges appeared to have died as a result of blunt force trauma. Investigators are working to determine how the victim was killed and who is responsible.

Hodges' family has been notified, and the investigation continues.