Suspicious Death Investigated as a Homicide

Investigators on the scene.
Investigators on the scene.

Update: Authorities have identified the victim as Raymond Lawton. They have not yet released a cause of death.

Police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious death. Detectives tell us, just after 2pm yesterday afternoon, a 51-year-old man was found dead in his West 38th Street home by some of his coworkers. Detectives have not been able to positively identify the victim yet, because it appears he has been dead for at least a few days.

An autopsy is scheduled for 9am this morning at the GBI crime lab in Savannah. Detectives hope the identity and cause of death will be determined, and at that time they will notify the victim's relatives.

Detectives are treating the case as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020. A reward is being offered.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com