A body of a man was discovered buried in the backyard of a North Bellmore home Friday, Nassau County police said.

Acting on a tip from the public, authorities began a search of a yard on Pea Pond Road in North Bellmore, where they discovered the body of an older man in a “shallow grave” with a gunshot wound, a police spokesperson said.

Members of the family living in the residence told authorities the deceased was a relative, had taken his own life, and had requested to be buried in the yard, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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