UPDATE: Police in Palo Alto are investigating the death as a "likely" homicide, according to a police department press release sent out Friday afternoon. To read the updated story, click here
Palo Alto police are investigating a suspicious death at a residence in the Greenmeadow neighborhood after a family member discovered the deceased person in the home Thursday night, according to police.
The department's dispatch center received a call from the family member reporting the death at about 7:42 p.m. Officers responded to the residence in the 300 block of Creekside Drive and found the adult victim, police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said.
The family member had gone to the home to locate the person, police said. No one else was in the home and there are no suspects. Police did not evacuate any nearby homes and did not put the neighborhood on lockdown, Perron said.
Investigators are not releasing any information regarding the age or gender of the person at this time.
Initial evidence at the scene, police said, indicated that the death was suspicious in nature. Police do not know if the death was a suicide or a homicide and are awaiting the Santa Clara County Coroner, Perron said.
Detectives will be seeking a search warrant to conduct a full search of the residence.
The police department tweeted around 9 p.m. Thursday that the "crime scene" was secure.
A portion of Creekside Drive is expected to remain closed through Friday afternoon, while police investigate.
On Friday morning, some neighbors said they did not know the people who lived there. The residents were quiet, they said.
One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said there were a number of people who came and went to the home. She and her brother were walking the dog as police arrived and observed them stop to talk to someone in a white pickup truck parked on the street. Officers then cordoned off the residence and the street with crime scene tape and asked her to move out of the secured zone, she said.
"It seems a little strange that no one knows them, but because there are a lot of older people, it's not uncommon," she said. "There are quite a few houses with older people who stay to themselves, and they are not really part of the community."
Another resident, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years, said there has also been much turnover as elder residents cash out on their homes in the hot real estate market. And many new residents are immigrants.
"There are a lot of new people. Almost everybody I ever knew has sold," she said.
Although Adobe Creek runs behind the home, the longtime resident said the homes are not particularly targeted for burglaries. The creek banks are probably too steep, she said.
Another longtime resident said the neighborhood has an occasional burglary, but it is a safe and quiet place.
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier said that he had been delivering mail to an Asian man at the home and that other residents had moved out, but he declined to say when the residents had departed.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.