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Jogger Finds Body In East Charlotte; Police Investigating As A Homicide

Nick de la Canal

Police in Charlotte are investigating after a jogger discovered a man's body in east Charlotte early Thursday morning.

Jose Mario Chicas, 51, was found on the 1900 block of Milton Road. Police have not released the manner in which he died, though the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Images from the scene show two lanes of Milton Road shut down as detectives carry out the investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly to a homicide detective.

In April, a woman was shot and killed near an apartment complex one street over. Police say the woman, a 36-year-old named Maria Echeverria de Gomez, was shot during an armed robbery in front of the Vista Villa Apartments. Police arrested and charged four teenagers in connnection to the shooting.

Overall, Charlotte has seen homicides on the decline this year, down from a notable spike in killings in 2017