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Police investigate a suspicious death on Stanley Street in the New Edinburgh neighbourhood of Ottawa on Saturday night. ((Chad Pawson/CBC) )

Ottawa police are investigating a suspicious death on Stanley Avenue in New Edinburgh.

The body of a man was discovered on the sidewalk just after 2 p.m. Saturday. His name has not been released.

Police believe the victim lived on the street and came out of a basement apartment at 190 Stanley Ave., bleeding and looking for help.

He died on the sidewalk and was discovered a short time later by a neighbour.

"It remains still at the preliminary stages," Sgt. Mike Maloney said of the police investigation. "The coroner has determined that there will be a post mortem done, and so the investigation will continue along those lines."

Police said they have not determined whether the death will be considered the city's first homicide of 2011.