According to Raleigh Police Public Information Officer Jim Sughrue, when they arrived they found the man dead. Authorities later determined it to be a homicide.
Officials identified the man as 48-year-old Jurgen Dietmar Cheston.
Cheston's pickup truck, a dark blue 2001 Ford Ranger, was found overnight in the 3800 block of Brentwood Road with the license plate removed.
Authorities said they did not know when the crime happened, but Cheston's co-workers told police that they had not seen him in about a week.
Detectives are investigating and said they are interested in talking to anyone who knew Cheston, or anyone who may have information about the crime.
To help, contact the department's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555 or Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve crimes.