Man's body discovered in mobile home

HOKE COUNTY Roy Murchison's body was discovered Friday morning when his brother went to check on him.

"His brother found him around 8 a.m. this morning," Murchison's brother-in-law Alton Leak said. "He was just lying in a pool of blood, so he went back home and called 911 and they responded."

Investigators from the Hoke County Sheriff's Department were at the crime scene at the Pilgrim Mobile Home Park on Hobson Road off Hwy 401 outside Raeford most of the morning Friday.

Investigators say Murchison died from multiple stab wounds and the 60-year-old victim was found on the floor between the kitchen and the living room wearing only a bathrobe - part of which was pulled over his head.

"It appears to be some foul play, but at this time we're just trying to pull all the pieces together, do a timeline on who may have seen him last alive and what's pretty much been going on in and out of the residence over the past several days," Hoke Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

Murchison's family says they believe robbery may have been a motive, because Murchison received a disability check on the first of the month and his house was ransacked.

They say Murchison lived by himself at the mobile home where he has lived for 40 years. Those who knew him well say he often left the door to his mobile home open or unlocked.

"He stayed at home, he didn't get out and do too much - worked odd jobs, but pretty much stayed home," nephew Freddie Slocumb said. "And, he loved his family, he loved his kids."

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