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Dunedin man found dead inside home; suspect in custody

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The body of David Elsey, 50, was found inside this home in Dunedin early Saturday morning. The body of David Elsey, 50, was found inside this home in Dunedin early Saturday morning.
Deputies arrived at the scene just after 5 a.m. Saturday. Deputies arrived at the scene just after 5 a.m. Saturday.
DeCarvalho, 26, is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail. DeCarvalho, 26, is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.
DUNEDIN, FL (WFLA) - Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office have a homicide on their hands.

The body of 50-year-old David Elsey was located just before 5 a.m. Saturday inside a residence in the 1600 block of Summit Way in Dunedin.

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According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report detectives were dispatched to the home after receiving a tip from the Clearwater Police Department.

The report states officers with CPD received information of a possible crime at the Summit Way home during a routine traffic stop during the overnight hours. The driver of the vehicle – 26-year-old Arthur Michael DeCarvalho – provided the information.

Investigators with PCSO’s robbery/homicide unit arrived to conduct a welfare check when they found the deceased.

“The Clearwater Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the Clearwater Beach area and the suspect [DeCarvalho] made some comments that directed our detectives to the Dunedin residence,” said PCSO Public Information Officer Cristen Rensel. “We are being told that the two men met on-line recently.”

Elsey suffered upper body trauma. The official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

DeCarvalho, who authorities say is a transient, is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail. His arrest report indicates he is facing one count of first-degree murder. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

A background check shows the suspect has a prior criminal history in Kentucky.

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