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Police originally thought the bloody body found on a Gardena sidewalk had something to do with a vehicle accident.

But then evidence they found around the death scene led them to believe that was not true as they tried to solve what turned out to be more of a mystery.

The 49-year-old man was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive and bleeding on the sidewalk in Gardena, police said.

Officers along with Los Angeles city and county firefighters responded about 5:30 a.m. Thursday to the 14900 block of Vermont Avenue to investigate a report of a man down on the sidewalk, according to Gardena police Lt. Steve Pendergast.

Paramedics and police officers found the man, later identified as Robert Mello of Gardena, and pronounced him dead at the scene, Pendergast said.

“Early reports to the police department indicated that this incident may have been related to a traffic collision,” Pendergast said. “However, based on the evidence at the scene, that does not appear to be the case.”

Anyone with information about the death was urged to call Gardena Police Department Detective Octavio Saldana at (310) 217-9625 or (310) 217-9607.

–City News Service

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