LOS BANOS -- A man found dead in his home Tuesday is the victim of a homicide, according to Los Banos law enforcement officials.
Police haven't revealed the victim's name or age.
Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said officers responded at around 10:40 a.m. to reports of a suspicious odor coming from an apartment in the 100 block of West I Street. Officers found a man's body shortly after entering the apartment.
An autopsy was performed Thursday afternoon. Reyna said detectives contacted him during the medical examination, saying there was enough evidence to investigate the death as a homicide. Reyna declined to state what evidence the autopsy turned up or what caused the man's death.
Reyna said detectives are also searching for a vehicle "associated with the victim's apartment." The car is a blue, late 1990s model two-door Chevrolet Cavalier, license plate No. 5HZU682.
Reyna declined to say whether police believe the car was stolen.
The last homicide in Los Banos was a murder-suicide committed in July 2007. The victim in that case was shot and killed by a suspect who was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a truck parked on Cottonwood Road near Gustine.
Anyone with information about Tuesday's homicide is asked to contact Los Banos Detective Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 114, or Detective Jason Hedden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 146.