A Gonzales police detective said Monday investigators believe a man whose body was found on the side of a city road Saturday was the victim of a homicide.

“It is being investigated as a homicide until we find out otherwise,” said Sgt. Steven Nethken, a detective with the Gonzales Police Department.

Police still were trying to determine the man’s identity and were awaiting autopsy results late Monday afternoon.

“There’s no obvious sign of the cause of death,” Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said Monday.

The man’s body, found the day after Christmas, apparently had been “dumped” on the south side of Edenborne Parkway, a road that runs through the Edenborne development off of La. 44 and south of Interstate 10, city police said.

While there are a few major property owners in the development, including River Parishes Community College, undeveloped fields mark most of the area.

The Gonzales Police Department described the body as that of a white man in his mid- to late-50s with salt and pepper hair, a goatee and tattoos on both his left and right biceps.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark said Monday his office performed the autopsy for Ascension Parish Coroner Dr. John Fraiche, who could not immediately be reached.

Gonzales Police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Steven Nethken at (225) 647-9537, Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867 or use the Gonzales Police Department’s anonymous tip form on its website at gonzalespd.org.