Brandt was found Friday morning at 8 a.m. by his daughter. Police said he had severe trauma to his head.
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Detectives said they found signs of a fight inside the duplex in the 3900 block of San Mateo Drive. Officers also found some of Brandt’s belonging scattered in the front lawn.
"Some kind of altercation did take place here. Maybe even a burglary could have taken place," McDonald said.
Neighbors said Brandt ran a successful lawn care business, and was getting ready for a busy spring season.