The Point Pleasant Borough man found dead in a Long Branch backyard on Wednesday morning died of a gunshot wound, according to results of an autopsy, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said on Thursday.
Public Information Officer Charlie Webster said the death of Michael Wells, 56, of Riviera Parkway, is being investigated as a homicide.
Webster said no arrests have been made in connection with Wells' death as of 3:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Wells was an employee of Dutch Prime Foods, 235 West Ave., Long Branch, which is about a block away from the backyard at 215 Cleveland Ave. where his body was found. The homeowner of 215 Cleveland Ave. reportedly discovered Wells' body on Wednesday morning and called police at 7:30 a.m.
Wells was pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m., according to Webster.
Wells was an avid recreational fisherman in the Point Pleasant Beach area.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the Long Branch Police are continuing their investigation.