Police identify man found killed in his southwest Charlotte home

Police identify man found killed in his southwest Charlotte home

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 5:36 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police have identified a 52-year-old man who was found dead in his home Tuesday night on Red Hickory Lane in southwest Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Alfred Michael Smith's body was found in the bathroom of the home by a neighbor who had not seen Smith for a couple of days.

"You don't think something like that is going to happen to your neighbor and he has been my neighbor for 16 years," said Shelly Kinney, who lives a few houses up the street from Smith.

Another neighbor, Janet Woodring, said of Smith, "He was a troubled soul."

Neighbors said Smith had fallen on hard times and had just gotten out of rehab. Kinney told NewsChannel 36 that another man from the same rehab facility who had been living with Smith had not been seen for several days and that Smith's car was also missing.

"It wasn't a random thing. It was somebody that he knew," Kinney said.

Police have not said how Smith died but said there were clear signs of foul play in the house.

Neighbors said Smith no longer seemed to have a job and that his house was going into foreclosure.

"He is a very, very, very friendly man and meant well. I think, at heart, he was a very good person," said Kinney.

Anyone with information about what happened has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or CMPD at 704-432-TIPS.

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