Brandt was found Friday morning at 8 a.m. by his daughter. Police said he had severe trauma to his head.
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.
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"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.