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Sheriff: Victim had been inside home at least a month

Updated: Thursday, May 1 2014, 05:44 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. – The body of 56-year-old Patrick Thomas, a possible homicide victim, had been decomposing inside his home for at least a month, according to Brooke County Sherriff Chuck Jackson.
“There was an apparent odor that is indicative of someone who has passed away and the body possibly having been there a while,” Jackson said.
What’s worse, Jackson said had a neighbor not called the department requesting a welfare check, there's no telling how long it may have been until Thomas was discovered.
"Sadly enough, other than the friend stopping by the house and being suspicious and calling in the welfare check... no one else was really aware that he was missing,” Jackson said.
Thomas’ body was found April 22 at his home along Tent Church Road where police say it appeared obvious that the person who committed the crime didn't want the body to be found.
“The circumstances around how the body was found were extremely suspicious and that indicated that someone had actually placed the body in the area where we found it,” Jackson said.
The circumstances surrounding Thomas' death has launched the department into its second homicide investigation in a little more than year. That’s something Jackson said is unusual.
 “A homicide of this nature, of Jason Pratt's homicide, typically (happen) in Brooke County, one every 8 or 10 years,”
In a related matter, the Brooke County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, made an arrest of 22-year-old Bruce Reinhardt for a parole violation.
Officials in Brooke County wanted Reinhardt for questioning in the Thomas investigation.

Sheriff: Victim had been inside home at least a month


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