Police have identified a Hempstead man found dead early Saturday in an abandoned Wyandanch house.

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of Alan Moore, 23, after another man who had gone into the house at 140 Long Island Ave. to stay warm discovered him, Suffolk County police said in a statement Sunday. He flagged down police about 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Police said the cause of death appears to be criminal, but would not say how Moore died.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Crime scene tape surrounded the front of the boarded-up Long Island Avenue house Saturday afternoon. On nearby South 28th Street, residents declined to give their names, but said police were all over their block early Saturday.

One man who lives several houses from the scene said police cars arriving in the neighborhood woke him and officers were busiest about 4 a.m. A woman on the block said it was difficult to get around in the early morning hours because of the police presence.

Another woman who lives with her teenage son several houses from the scene said the neighborhood was “normally quiet” and this was the first time she remembers such an incident happening there.

With Jean-Paul Salamanca

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