LAKEWOOD - Police say a man was found dead inside his Lakewood home on Christmas Eve.

Family members of Miguel Rivera tell News 12 New Jersey that they had not heard from him since Monday, which prompted them to stop by on Thursday. Police later found him in a hallway of the house, located at 1536 Laguna Lane. He had lived in the home for at least 15 years.

Rivera's daughters say he was beaten to death, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is calling the death suspicious.

An autopsy will be performed to pinpoint the exact cause of death.

Rivera was a successful mechanic and had recently started his own business, called D & D Mobile. He leaves behind four children and five grandchildren.