A Cherokee County landowner found a dead man inside a home on his property.

The man has since been identified as 60-year-old Michael Alan Davis from the Alto community, according to a news release from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the landowner called 911, reporting he stopped by the property near the intersection of U.S. Highway and County Road 2430, north of the Alto city limits.

The owner opened the front door to find the man in advanced decay in the living room, the release states. The owner told deputies he last checked the property on March 31 and was unaware anyone was living there.

Police believe Davis died on April 1 or 2.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Tony Johnson arrived on scene and ordered Davis' body be sent to Tyler for autopsy.

The medical examiner's office had not determined a cause of death as of late Friday afternoon, and there were no signs of struggle inside the home and no obvious signs of trauma on Davis, the release states.

Davis' home burned down earlier in the year, and police believe he was staying in a travel trailer on the adjoining property to the abandoned house.

It is unknown how long he had been coming to the abandoned house, the release states.

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