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Tift Sheriff and the GBI investigate man's death

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

August 17, 2008

TIFT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Residents who live near 207 West 19th street are still in disbelief about the death of their neighbor 52-year-old John Towns Jr. "It's still surprising to me. Everybody is shocked too because he was real cool with everyone," said neighbor, Drake Johnson.

Tift County deputies got the call about the death at 7:30 AM Saturday morning from several people who were not identified in the police report. "Everybody was calling me telling me my neighbor died. So I came home to check it out, and all kinds of people like the GBI were here," said Johnson.

Police are not releasing the cause or the details associated with Towns Jr death, but they believe the incident happened some time between Friday and Saturday morning.

Neighbors all think it was a homicide. Footprints left on the front door, a broken lock, and the missing door knobs all point to a home invasion. "I think it was a home invasion, because he would have said something if he was going to kill himself because he talked to my mother about everything," said Johnson.

Those who knew John all say he was extremely generous and would help anyone who needed it if they asked. "He had no problems with anybody. If you had any problems just let him know. He let me rent with him a couple of times just to get the extra money," said Johnson.

And they are now mourning his death and questioning the safety of their neighborhood. If you have any information about this case call the Tift County Sheriff's Office at 229-388-6020.

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