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Coroner says Reed died of 'multiple head, neck injuries'

An autopsy Thursday afternoon determined an Elkhart man found dead Wednesday was the victim of a homicide, according to the coroner. Robert Reed, 59, was found dead inside his apartment at 611 S.

Posted on May 24, 2002 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 24, 2002 at 4:45 a.m.

By Tom Dolan

Truth Staff

ELKHART -- An autopsy Thursday afternoon determined an Elkhart man found dead Wednesday was the victim of a homicide, according to the coroner.

Robert Reed, 59, was found dead inside his apartment at 611 S. Third St. John White, a deputy coroner for Elkhart County, said the autopsy completed Thursday evening determined the manner of death was homicide.

"He died from multiple head and neck injuries," White said. The time of death remained undetermined Thursday, he said.

Police reported no arrests as of Thursday night.

A neighbor spotted Reed's apartment door open around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. She looked in and saw Reed lying on the floor, ran home and called 911.

An ambulance arrived and paramedics determined Reed was already dead. Police officers roped off the area around the apartment and called in detectives, who canvassed the neighborhood and took statements from a few people.

The neighbor who found Reed described him as a nice man who didn't cause any problems.

Ruthie Furlow, who rented the apartment to Reed for about a year, wondered who might harm the man.

"He didn't have anything for somebody to want to hurt him for," she said.

The neighbor said she last saw Reed alive Monday evening.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home in Elkhart.

Police are asking anyone with information on the homicide to contact Detective D'Andre Christian at 295-7070 or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 342-STOP.

Contact Tom Dolan at tdolan@etruth.com




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