The body of a Bywater man known as the mayor of his block was discovered in a bag, wrapped in a blanket, in the backyard of his house on Thursday afternoon. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Authorities have given no information on the cause of death of a 56-year-old man, nor have they officially identified him. A man on the scene said the victim was his father, Anthony Paul Sr.

Neighbors said they heard a woman screaming at the house in the 1000 block of Piety Street about 4 p.m.

The victim's body was not retrieved from the house for hours, however, finally being loaded into a Coroner's van shortly after 7 p.m. Crime scene technicians then brought a large suitcase out of the house, among several other items of evidence retrieved.

Aaron Looney, a Police Department spokesman, said no suspects were in custody as of Thursday night. He said the body was found wrapped in sheets but declined to give a preliminary cause of death.

Anthony Paul Jr. watched, distraught, from across the street as police milled about the red double shotgun where he said his father lived.

Paul said his father had lived in the house since 2003 and described him as a jack of all trades.

"He was my dad. A damned good dad," Paul said. "He would fix a pothole if he had to."

Paul said his father had three other children.

"He was the mayor of this block," Paul said.