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Man Found Dead in His Henry County Home

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@wbbjtv.com

PURYEAR, Tenn. -- The Henry County Sheriff's Department is investigating what they're calling a homicide, after they say a man was found dead in his home.

Sheriff Monte Belew says 58-year-old William Victor Oliver was found dead at his house in Puryear around 11:40 Sunday morning.

"At that time we asked TBI to join in on the investigation and we still have a deputy on the scene," Belew said.

Sheriff Belew says the circumstances that surround Oliver's death seem suspicious, and right now they're waiting on an autopsy report to determine what killed him.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department says they've been called to the victim's home multiple times in the past.

They say the victim called saying his house had been vandalized, and that he believed his cows were poisoned.

"We have responded out there and dealt with this gentleman and some of his associates and family in that neighborhood," Belew said.

One of Oliver's neighbors, Al Billings, says the victim was a hard worker who occasionally did yard work for him.

He says Oliver kept himself busy from sun up to sun down, despite his health problems.

"I've seen him weed eating on a walker," Billings said. "Now he'd have that walker in front of him and he'd be weed eating with the walker right down the side of the road."

Billings says he saw the victim hauling hay on Saturday, and didn't know it would be the last time he saw Oliver alive.

"I seen him, I blowed the horn like always, tooted the horn and kept going," Billings said. "That was the last time I saw him."

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest contact the Henry County Sheriff's Department.