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Police are investigating the death of an Edgewood man after he was found dead in his home Sunday night. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Around 8:50 p.m. Sunday someone called police and asked them to check on a fellow churchgoer, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The caller said Joseph Richard Carpintieri, 71, attends New Hope Christian Fellowship Church regularly, but had not attended services that day, Worrell said.

The caller expressed concern because Carpintieri is diabetic with a history of heart attacks.

Around 9 p.m. Harford County sheriff's deputies arrived at Carpintieri's home the 1400 block of St. Michaels Court in Edgewood to check on him, according to a release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies went into the home and found Mr. Carpintieri dead inside, according to the release.

Mr. Carpintieri had multiple injuries and deputies believed the circumstances surrounding his death were suspicious and began an investigation, according to the release.

By Monday afternoon the medical examiner had ruled Mr. Carpintieri's death a homicide, Worrell said.

There have recently been a number of daytime burglaries in and around Harford Square, Windsor Valley, Seven Oaks, Harbour Oaks, Stoneleigh Square, Ashby Place, and Watergate communities in Edgewood.

It is unclear whether Mr. Carpintieri's death is related to these incidents. Investigators were in the midst of countless interviews Monday, Worrell said.

"It's too early in the investigation to determine a theory as to why," Worrell said of motive.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to contact Det. Phil Golden with the Harford County Sheriff's Office at 410-836-5430.

Tips can also be given anonymously to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). To text a message to Metro Crime Stoppers, send to "CRIMES" (274637), then enter the message starting with "MCS," then add the information. Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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