Man's death in Bradenton investigated as homicide

July 17, 2013 

— Bradenton police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Bradenton man as a homicide.

Michael C. Wesley, 23, was found with severe trauma to his head Wednesday morning at a home in the 1900 block of Seventh Avenue East, police said.

Police had responded to the residence at about 9:15 a.m. because of a medical emergency complaint. They found Wesley, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Wesley apparently lived in the 1800 block of Seventh Avenue East.

"We have not determined the force that caused the trauma," said Bradenton police Capt. William Fowler.

Fowler said police had previously responded to where Wesley was found, most recently about a month ago.

Police Detective James Curulla and the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit are investigating this as a homicide, according to a news release. This is the fifth homicide within the city of Bradenton this year, according to the report.

Anyone having information about Wesley's death can contact Curulla at 941-747-3011, ext. 2224, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at

This report will be updated on as the investigation continues.

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