Mysterious homicide remains under investigation – The Mercury News


Milpitas police are continuing their homicide investigation of a 54-year-old Milpitas man found dead in the secured yard of a business near the Milpitas Public Library, during the early morning hours of July 29.

Although police are not disclosing the actual address where the body was found, nor are they releasing the cause of death, multiple businesses and people along the light industrial area of Winsor Street have confirmed the decedent was found at 27 Winsor St.

Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office on Thursday released the name of the victim, Mourad Ferjani, but said a cause of death was not being released yet.

Last Friday, a Milpitas police cruiser appeared in the same secured yard as a police officer looked on while two men took items out of the building.

Bradley Misner, the city’s planning director, told the Post that the owner of the 27 Winsor St. property was Wei Tsai-Hwa Et Al. Misner also noted that the property was zoned as mixed-used development and that there were no occupancy or building permits in the city permit system to indicate there have been any new tenants since Kenos Funeral Home closed at that same location a few years ago.

Milpitas police Lt. Raj Maharaj said the department was not naming the victim or the address because releasing that kind of information would “jeopardize” and violate “the integrity of our investigation.” Maharaj added the victim’s cause of death was an “investigative lead.”

Maharaj said on Tuesday the department was trying to contact the victim’s family in the North African country of Tunisia and was waiting for the Consulate General of Tunisia to get in touch with the family.

On July 29 at 12:53 a.m., police and fire department personnel responded to a medical aid call at Winsor Street and found the deceased man. Maharaj said the department did not believe the victim was a transient and no arrests have been made in the case thus far.

Last week, the manager of nearby Tequila Shots Bar and Grill at 38 N. Main St., which abuts the 27 Winsor St. property, said the death had nothing to do with the bar.

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