Body found behind shop identified

March 9, 2009 2:22:54 PM PDT
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office identified a 48-year-old man Monday who was found dead behind a florist shop in San Jose on Friday morning.

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The victim was identified as San Jose resident Thomas Joseph Borbeck.

A sheriff's deputy parked near the intersection of Race and San Carlos streets was stopped by a person around 7 a.m. Friday. The person told the deputy he found a dead man behind a flower shop and showed the deputy a parking lot in the 200 block of Race Street.

Borbeck, who appeared to be a transient, was pronounced dead near the florist shop.

His cause of death has not been released, but the sheriff's office is investigating it as suspicious.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to call Sgt. Leon or Sgt. Baker at (408) 808-4500. Anonymous calls can be made to the tip line at (408) 808-4431.

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