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GBI continues to investigate homicide in Stewart Co.

LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) -

The Stewart County Sheriff's Department is releasing new details after authorities found a body inside a home in Lumpkin, Ga.

We spoke with the Stewart County Sheriff, and though not much is being released because of the active investigation, we were able to find out something unique about the murder weapon.

Down a long dirt path about a mile off the main road, 25 minutes from the center of Lumpkin is where 69-year-old Richard Byrd lived. He was found dead inside his home on Hall Road around ten on Tuesday morning.

Stewart County Sheriff Larry Jones said a judge ordered the victim to vacate the home.

When this didn’t happen authorities came to the house after not hearing from him in days and that’s when they made the gruesome discovery.

"After the GBI completed the investigation on the outside of the perimeter and the inside they did discover an item that might be, that was used as the weapon and it had blood on it but we don’t know if it was human blood or some type of other blood,” Sheriff Jones said. “The weapon was taken to the Atlanta Crime Lab for analysis to determine the type of blood it was."

Sheriff Jones said they found Byrd after peeking through a side window. His truck was still on the property.

The GBI took things from the home for further investigation, including the door handle to check for fingerprints.

GBI agents and deputies are doing interviews and processing evidence in connection with the crime. They also said they are actively searching for a suspect in this case. 

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