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Police investigate death of Cordele man

CORDELE, GA (WALB) – Questions surround the death of 59-year-old David "Shine" Redding.

Neighbors accustomed to seeing him sitting on his porch knew something was wrong when he wasn't there this morning.

"I knew something was up because he was not outside walking his dog or greeting people that live there. I noticed he wasn't coming outside and his dog was inside. When he goes somewhere, he always takes his dog," said neighbor Amber Fountain.

So Fountain called 911. Cordele Police officers arrived at the 13th Avenue apartment around noon. When no one came to the door, they forced their way inside.

"The cops came here, kicked the door in, and found him dead," Fountain said.

Several of Redding's family members gathered outside the apartment he shared with his dog. They say they're shocked over his death.

"I was very surprised. I was shocked because this is not David," said Redding's sister Lynn Starks.

Relatives say he recently received his monthly check. They worry someone may have killed him for the money.

"I don't have any idea. It's sad though if somebody did that," said sister Varonda Roddy.

Investigators aren't saying how he died and fall short of calling his death a homicide. Right now GBI and Cordele Police are treating the case as a death investigation. Loved ones though, are desperate for answers.

"We need to have some closure on this. Just come up front. Just tell them (police) if you know what happened because we need this case solved," said Starks.

Agents did gather evidence and questioned people at the scene. Redding's body will be taken to the crime lab in Macon for autopsy.

If you have any information about the death, investigators want to hear from you.

You can contact Cordele Police at 273-3102.


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