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Man found dead in Chapel Oaks

38CHAPEL OAKS – Homicide detectives from the Prince George's County Police Department are investigating the county's eighth homicide of the year after a man was found dead behind a vacant house in Chapel Oaks.

Just before 4:30 p.m. on Feb 14th, emergency units from Prince George's County Fire and police department were called to the 1300 block of Oates Street just off of Addison Road to check on an adult male lying on the ground.

Upon arrival, they located an adult male who police have identified as 37-year-old Joseph Maurice Ward suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe this was not a random act of crime and they are working to identify a suspect (s) and a motive in this case.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives 301-772-492.

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