Cairo man's death ruled a homicide

A Cairo man's death ruled a homicide

CAIRO, GA (WALB) - State and local officials are continuing their investigation into the death of a 60-year-old Cairo man who was killed in his front yard.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials ruled Willie Bell's death a homicide on Friday.

Family members and investigators were at his property all day trying to look for more evidence.

Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandedur was shocked that this type of crime happened in his community.

"This is upsetting for the entire community and we just don't have this type of crime here. And to have any type of loss, we are very sorry to the family and to the entire community," said Sandedur.

A construction worker who didn't want to be interviewed on camera said that after they got back from lunch he noticed Bell's dog was not on his leash. So, he grabbed the dog and that's when he noticed Bell lying dead on his back.

The neighbor said he was a medic for 25 years and when he checked Bell's vital signs and couldn't get a pulse he immediately called 911.

Sandedur said they didn't realize Bell had suffered gunshot wounds until he was taken to the funeral home. He also said the investigation is increasingly difficult with the active construction happening on and around Bell's property.

"You see the construction area that we are in, it's a very muddy area, there is water everywhere and we just did not see it until further investigation," explained Sandedur.

Investigators still can not release where or how many times Bell was shot.

Sandedur said he has received mixed information from witnesses about what happened.

"We're speaking with neighbors, we are speaking with family, anyone who knows anything or thinks they know anything. We've just been following up on those leads," said Sandedur.

Agent Jamy Steinberg with the GBI said that no arrests have been made and this is an active and ongoing investigation.

GBI and Cairo police are interviewing witnesses and ask that if you have any information to please contact them.

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