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Investigation continues after body found wrapped in plastic in Hamden

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Connecticut State Police were at this home of interest in West Haven and it is related to the Hamden deadly explosion. (WFSB) Connecticut State Police were at this home of interest in West Haven and it is related to the Hamden deadly explosion. (WFSB)
State police are searching a home in West Haven in connection to Hamden homicide. (WFSB) State police are searching a home in West Haven in connection to Hamden homicide. (WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police have identified the man who was shot multiple times before his body was found wrapped in plastic in Hamden over the weekend. 

Investigators searched a home of interest at 59 Front Ave. in West Haven around 11 a.m. The search comes after a body was found wrapped in plastic on the property of West Rock State park on Wintergreen Avenue around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.  

On Monday afternoon, police identified the victim as 39-year-old Edward A. Brooks, of Hamden. Police said Brooks lived at 59 Front Ave. According to the chief medical examiner, Brooks died of multiple gun shots trauma to head, neck and torso. His death was ruled a homicide. 

Investigators have made it clear that there is "no threat to the community at this time," and Brooks' death "appears to be an isolated incident." 

According to police, there was also an explosion in the same area, which harmed the body. It is still being investigated whether the explosion is connected to the body. Police said it is unclear if the man was dead before the explosion or not.

Investigators worked throughout Monday morning collecting evidence at the Front Avenue residence. State police identified and recovered a vehicle of interest in the case at the Front Avenue home. It was four-door, Gold Nissan Altima with a Florida registration plate. 

"That's very scary. I have a small child, 3 years old, just wanna make sure everything is ok," said Monica Lanziero who is a neighbor.

The investigation was initially turned over to the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad. Connecticut State Police said the bomb squad is assisting with an investigation along with the FBI, Yale police and New Haven Police Department. 

Police are expect to continue to "follow all leads" and are expected to be at the Front Avenue home for the next few days. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-685-8190. All tips will be kept confidential, according to police.  

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