POLICE investigations have begun into the discovery of a body outside a service station at Samabula in Suva yesterday.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the deceased, an elderly man, was believed have been homeless and living on the streets of Suva for some time prior to his death.
Insp Sokomuri said foul play had been momentarily ruled out until the post-mortem examination tomorrow.
"We are doing our own investigation as well. The body of the man is at the CWM Hospital morgue," he said.
Two Way Service Station owner Rishi Ram said he saw the man alive around 9am yesterday when he came to the service station.
"But an hour later, I was informed by my boys that he had stopped breathing. I went and saw that he was dead," Mr Ram said.
Mr Ram said before the man died, he called the Samabula Police Station to tell them the man was sleeping by the service station. However, he added, the police could not come because there was only one on duty in the station then.
"The rest were attending to a robbery incident," Mr Ram said.
He said a policeman arrived at the scene after the man had died and assisted by lifting the body and putting it at the back of the service station.
Mr Ram urged social welfare officers to remove such homeless people from the streets because they were a threat to people.