The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says the death of a man discovered in an undeveloped area of a subdivision in Paradise on Monday is considered suspicious.
Police said Robert Pitcher, 31, was known to police.
His death is not believed to be a random act and the incident was a targeted act, according to an RNC news release.
Police added they do not believe there is any risk to public safety.
Pitcher was charged in a 2007 case in which a backhoe was used to break into an Irving gas station on the Trans-Canada Highway to steal an ATM.
The RNC said while a coroner's report is being conducted, the cause of Pitcher's death is still unknown.
A ground search team combed the area in Paradise on Tuesday. The Rovers search team was scouring the area of Seascape Drive where Pitcher's was found on Monday morning.
Forensics experts and dog teams were brought in on Monday to help gather evidence, as plainclothes officers went door to door in the new subdivision to interview residents.
The RNC is asking anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.