HAYWARD -- A man found dead on the back porch of a boarded-up home last week has been identified by police as a 29-year-old Hawaii man, and investigators have ruled his death a homicide.

Marcus Brown, who lived in Kauai, was found Sept. 5 on the back patio of a vacant home in the 1400 block of B Street. He was lying face down suffering from major trauma to the head, police said.

Police did not release any more information about the cause of Brown's death. An autopsy conducted Friday by the Alameda County Coroner's Office revealed that he had been dead for less than 24 hours when he was discovered, Stuart said.

Investigators initially thought he might be a vagrant who frequented the downtown area, but learned his true identity after a female friend in Hawaii reported him missing to San Jose police on Saturday, Lt. Mark Stuart said.

"The friend told police he had flown in to California Sept. 4 and that she had lost contact with him," Stuart said.

His ties to the Bay Area were not immediately known and police are investigating why he was in Hayward at the time of his death, Stuart said.

Police would not say what Brown's occupation was but did say he did not have a local criminal record.

Brown had no identification on him when his body was discovered by a passer-by at 2:15 a.m. in an area police and neighbors say transients are known to frequent.


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The vacant home on property surrounded by a chain-link fence is across the street from an AT&T building and adjacent to real estate offices.

The property is owned by Caltrans, police said, and was purchased with the intent to build a freeway in the area. The freeway was never built because of local opposition. There is another home and a shed on the property, both also boarded up.

The killing is Hayward's third homicide of 2013.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call police at 510-293-7000.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.