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Cairo police need help identifying homicide victim

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) –Cairo police are asking for the public's help in identifying a homicide victim.

Authorities say the body of a Hispanic male was found outside a vacant home Monday.

So far, investigators don't have many leads.

Investigators are busy trying to gather any information that could identity a young Hispanic male left dead for hours outside this vacant house on 9th Avenue in Cairo.

"People watch television and think that most crimes are solved using forensics, CSI type stuff," says Lt. Wandell Asbell with the Cairo Police Department. "But a lot of it comes down to the investigation. Just talking to people and getting eyewitness testimony."

But not many people have come forward with information. Authorities say some people may be scared while others just might not be able to communicate.

"The language barrier has been an issue, not just English to Spanish, but we have so many people who speak in different dialects of Spanish that their Spanish is non-existent or very limited," says Asbell.

Some people in the neighborhood say crime is nothing new here.

"I figure it was the wrong place at the wrong time and had something to do with drugs," says Layton Thompson.

Thompson thinks Cairo police should patrol the area more.

"The only time they come around here is when they get called."

The abandoned house is almost completely surrounded by thick woods, making it very easy for a possible intruder to go unnoticed.

"A lot of people have run through our yard with drugs and guns," adds another neighbor, Patrick Gray.

Police won't say whether the victim's death involved drugs or guns, but did say the body is being sent to Atlanta for an autopsy to make sure.

They also believe the man may have been from out of town since no one has identified him yet. They say the first step to solving this mystery, is finding out who this unfortunate man was.

If you have any information on who the Hispanic victim in this case may be, call the Cairo Police Department at (229) 377-7381.

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