SALISBURY, N.C. - Police said they were investigating a "suspicious death" early Thursday morning after a 75-year-old man's body was found inside his Salisbury home.
Officers told Channel 9 they were called around 1:15 a.m. to a home on East Franklin Street in reference to a cardiac arrest. When they arrived, they found Eugene Chunn dead.
Investigators said there were obvious signs of trauma to the body and police are investigating Chunn's death as a homicide.
Family members told Channel 9 that Chunn was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and they're trying to understand why someone would want to kill him.
Around 10:30 a.m., frantic family members spotted someone they thought may have been the suspect in the woods near the home. A short time later Salisbury police officers took off searching the neighborhood but did not find anyone.
Chunn's relatives said he was a good man who lived alone, and that his adult son had recently moved in with him.
Police have not released any information about a possible suspect.
Neighbors told Channel 9 that Chunn didn’t deserve this.
“He was a very nice guy. He wasn't an aggressive person,” a neighbor said, “He wasn't a mean person. He did anything for anybody."
"Whoever did it, I want them to be arrested because that's messed up,” family member Kaco Clodfelter said. “That's really sad."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.
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