(CNN) -- Police are investigating the first-ever homicide in a Disney-developed town in central Florida, officials said.
Osceola County police responded Monday to an emergency call at an apartment building in Celebration, Florida, after speaking with a neighbor who said she found 58-year-old Matteo Giovanditto dead in his home, according to police spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.
Osceola police classified the death as a homicide, based on evidence found at the scene, according to a police statement. The victim's car was found Tuesday in Kissimmee, Florida, about 10 miles east of Celebration.
It is the first slaying in the picture-perfect town's 14-year history. Celebration's manicured lawns and classic movie theaters have drawn comparisons to the 1998 fictional drama "Pleasantville," in which two teens find themselves trapped in a 1950s-style television show.
The town is five miles south of Walt Disney World, among the world's largest and most visited resorts.