The Meridian Police Department has officially classified the death of David Caraway as a homicide.
52-year-old David A. Caraway was found dead in an alley behind Hope Village Thrift Store June 30.
Officials say they did not publicly classify the death as homicide because investigators felt it would jeopardize the investigation.
At the time, investigators said there were certain aspects of the crime that, until that point, only investigators and a suspect or suspects would know.
Now officials say, according to a preliminary autopsy report, Caraway suffered superficial, non-life threatening wounds to his head and face area as well as defensive wounds to his hands. Police say his death was actually caused by blunt force trauma to the internal organs by a physical assault.
The MPD is still awaiting the full autopsy report from the Mississippi State Crime Lab, as well as the toxicology report.
Officials ask anyone who may have information about Caraway's daily activities, friends, and visited locations, to please call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.