The suspicious death of a man whose body was found by the side of a road in Oshawa this morning is being investigated by homicide detectives.

According to Durham police, a City of Oshawa employee was driving on Stevenson Road North, near Raglan Road West, shortly after 8 a.m. when he noticed something odd on the west side of the road.

The passerby “got a closer look,” police said, and quickly realized it was the body of a man.

“He contacted police and we arrived shortly after to confirm there was a male party there,” Const. George Tudos said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they determined that the victim had “obvious signs of trauma” and called in homicide and forensic teams to investigate further.

“Right now we have a suspicious death. We are waiting for a coroner to attend,” Tudos said.

“We have set up a perimeter in the area and our homicide team has attended. They are taking carriage of this investigation.”

Police are trying to determine the identity of the man. The on-scene investigation is ongoing.

“We’re going to be canvassing the area. It is a very rural area. There are not very many residences along that street, maybe two or three. However, we still will be canvassing those homes and seeing if anyone saw anything, also video surveillance in the area,” he said. “We will be checking into all of those avenues just to try to identify exactly what happened here and what led to this body being found here.”

Roads may have been closed in the area to accommodate an investigation.