A 51-year-old man was found stabbed to death Monday afternoon inside his south Fulton County home. And police believe he may have been dead for about two weeks before neighbors found his body.
The investigation began shortly before 2:50 p.m. when officers responded to 225 Marcliff Court after getting a call about a person down, according to the Fulton County police. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner dead inside his home, police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said.
Neighbors who had seen door open became suspicious and decided to go inside the home to investigate, Lester said. That’s when they discovered the decomposing body of their neighbor, she said. So far, police have not released the identity of the victim and they are trying to determine exactly what happened inside the home.
Still, detectives are calling the man’s death a homicide, Lester said. The man appeared to have been stabbed multiple times and police said he appeared to have been dead for at least one to two weeks. They did not say what type of weapon was used and there was no indication that the weapon had been found. It’s also unclear if there had been any signs of a struggle or if anything was missing from the home.
“We’re just very upset that something like this could happen 25 feet from where we sleep. It’s very disconcerting,” neighbor Chris Hunt told Channel 2 Action News. Hunt says he and another neighbor called police Monday afternoon after going to check on the victim described as a “friendly guy” named Duma.
A woman who lives across the street on Marcliff Court says she noticed the front door open and asked Hunt to take a look, the news station reported. They found the man dead near the kitchen. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the man has traumatic injuries, but because of decomposition they will have to examine him Tuesday for details on his type of injuries, the news station reported.
Neighbors told the news station they have noticed someone recently going in and out collecting the victim’s mail out of his box. They also recalled seeing someone at the house within the last week and wonder if that’s why the door was left open. Hunt said a man and woman were recently at the home helping the neighbor do some repairs. He says the victim was from Africa and would often ask him to get his mail and check on the house when he was away.
“It’s very unsettling because we don’t know what happened. We don’t know if we have a killer in the area or what,” Hunt said.