SOUTH BEND -

Police have identified a male victim found dead Tuesday morning at a motel in South Bend.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was called to investigate after a body was found at Shirley Motel, located at 6013 U.S. 31 South in South Bend. Officials say a 911 call was made by an employee in the motel.

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Police have now identified the victim as 56-year-old Edward M. Pierce.

South Bend police have officially ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy found Pierce died of a sharp force injury.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CMHU at 574-235-5009 and ask for Det. Brian Cook or Det. Jim Andrews.