POLICE found a man’s decomposing body inside a basement — with his hands and feet tied — after neighbors described a foul smell coming from the home.
When police arrived, an officer found the back door to the home open with a bloody shirt on the floor and open cabinets in the kitchen.
Burned documents on the stove and sink were also found, and other rooms of the Jackson, South Carolina home were ransacked, according to investigators.
A piece of furniture was blocking a door and once officers cleared the way and entered the basement, they found the body of 61-year-old Eldon W Ledford.
His decomposing remains were found in November when a neighbor reported a foul odor coming from the home, which hadn’t seen any activity for several weeks.
Aiken County Coroner Darryl M Ables ruled in February that Ledford died of blunt force trauma in a homicide.
Police said last week that Adeodoyin Babafemi Odutola, 36, was arrested in Georgia on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, and first-degree burglary.
He is jailed in Augusta awaiting extradition, according to the Associated Press.
Local CBS affiliate WRDW-TV reported that police previously visited the South Carolina home where Ledford was found for a well-being check.
One of Ledford’s acquaintances asked police to check on him because no one had seen or heard from him in days.
Police said when they got to his house, his car was in the driveway, and when they went into the home, they saw drawers had been pulled out in all rooms.
Police then called Fresh Market in Augusta, which is where Ledford was looking for a job at the time.
An employee said Ledford went there for a meat-cutting test and was offered a position, but he never came back, WRDW-TV reported.
Police weren’t able to find Ledford until the call from neighbors about the bad smell coming from his house.
It’s unclear if Odutola has a lawyer to speak for him.
Police said the murder is an ongoing investigation.
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