DANVILLE, N.H. (AP) – What started as a welfare check at a man’s house ended Friday with the discovery of his body, the Attorney General’s office said.

Richard Wilcox, 54, was found dead in his tan ranch house where neighbors said he had rented out rooms.

The attorney general’s office said the death was suspicious and the investigation was ongoing.

An autopsy was planned Saturday.

Neighbors said Wilcox had lived at the house about 15 years. One of them, Brett Davenport, said Wilcox told another neighbor he was afraid a “guy he was having trouble with” would come back to his house, and asked the neighbor to keep an eye out.

It wasn’t clear who called police to make the welfare check Friday morning.

“The doors and the windows were all open,” neighbor Bud Post said.

The New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit will be conducting searches of the house over the next couple of days.

Authorities released little information on Wilcox, but a New Hampshire State Police investigator told The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass., that they were investigating a murder. The paper also reported that state police were looking for a man they wanted to question in connection with the death.

State and local police and sheriff’s deputies closed a stretch of the road for several hours before reopening one lane late Friday morning.


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