A 54-year-old businessman from Halifax has been identified as the victim of a homicide in Sydney.

Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a report of a deceased person at an apartment building at 54 Prince Street around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers found the body of a man inside his apartment. He has been identified as James David Matthews, who was the founder of a financial planning business in Halifax.

Matthews split his time between Sydney and Halifax, and owned the building where his body was discovered.

His long-time business partner, John Tompkins, spoke very highly of Matthews, saying never in a million years did he imagine this happening. Tompkins says Matthews was a genuine, kind, caring, thoughtful person who lived an authentic life.

Police say Matthews’ death is considered suspicious and they are treating it as a homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them.