A homicide investigation is underway in western Quebec after a man's body was found inside his Val-des-Monts home on Saturday. 

Provincial police said 57-year-old Richard Blanchet's body was found by family in the Highway 307 home just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

It's located in the Saint-Pierre-de-Wakefield sector of Val-des-Monts.

Neighbours said Blanchet has lived alone in the home for a long time, but was rarely seen.

"My cousin who lives there, said 'You know the man that lives over there? He's dead,'" said Lise Dubois. "I said 'What?' He said 'Yes, dead.'"

"We're nervous, especially since we're getting older," said another neighbour.

Broken windows could be seen on the green house, with piles of wood and a tractor on the front lawn.

Blanchet's body has been taken to Montreal for an autopsy, with police saying results are expected in a few days

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Stefanie Masotti