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Homeless man murdered in woman's backyard
Posted: 2:55 PM, Jan 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 14:05:02Z
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police are investigating a suspicious death of a homeless man found inside a backyard of an east Las Vegas home on Sunday.

Officers were called to a house located in the 4700 block of Montebello Avenue, near Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road, at about 4:30 p.m.

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Police say the homeowner located the man's body that evening after she was gone for a few days and let her dogs out in the backyard.

The woman said she was allowing the man to stay for the past couple of months in a tent in the yard.

A local charity told 13 Action News to be aware when it comes to situation like these and people should not give to homeless people directly.

Staff with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada prefer those that need assistance to turn to them or other agencies for help.

"We can offer them wrap around services that can help, not just the immediate need but other reasons in why they might need help,"CCSN staff said.

The charity said a homeless person that is hungry or in need of shelter can find long term help by getting help from a controlled environment,

Homicide detectives were called to the scene Sunday and determined the man in his late 40s died from multiple stab wounds.

Police spent the night talking with neighbors to see if they saw anything suspicious in the past couple of days, as the situation remains under investigation.

CCSN Mark Tuttle, Former Shelter client said most people including himself are not accustomed to being homeless and it's best they get help from organizations like Catholic Charities.

"You're better off donating clothes, your better off donating your time and services at a homeless shelter," Tuttle said.

Anyone with further information on this incident was urged to contact Crime Stoppers a call at 702-385-5555.