ANDERSON — Anderson police say the discovery Sunday afternoon of a man’s badly decomposed body inside a home in the 4300 block of Forrest Terrace is “suspicious.”
Anderson Police Sgt. William Casey said the body was found after a person went to the ranch-style house to collect rent or mortgage payments. The person, who was not identified, saw several notes on the front door, smelled an odor and called police.
Casey said the body was discovered inside the front door next to a living room area. He said the house was immaculately kept on the inside, but there were several vehicles and a boat parked in the yard of the home.
Absent, however, was a late model sliver Buick automobile the man owned, Casey said. “It’s not here and based on what the neighbors are saying, he would not let anybody drive it.”
Madison County Coroner Marion Dunnichay said a deputy was still at the house processing the scene until late afternoon. Police declined to identify the victim pending notification of next of kin.
Neighbors said the man had lived there for more than a dozen years, but they thought he had gone south, possibly to Florida, for the winter.
“The last time I saw him was Dec. 23. He was standing by his car in the driveway,” recalled Mary Jo Sink. “I thought maybe he was in Florida and we were going to see him April 1.”
Another neighbor, Donovan Cooley, said he didn’t know the man and never had a conversation with him. However, Cooley said he recently commented to his father that it was unusual that a brown truck parked in the yard had not moved in a long time.
Other neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said the man seemed friendly during casual encounters. they also had not seen him since some time in December.
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