Sheriff: Nampa man's death is a homicide

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 9:11 PM

NAMPA -- A 59-year-old man found dead in his Nampa home yesterday died from multiple gunshots, according to Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue. This case is now being treated as a homicide.

When officers arrived at a home near the 1900 block of South Powerline Road around 2:15 p.m. Thursday they found a man unresponsive and not breathing. His death was called suspicious.

The victim has been identified as George Richardson Jr. An autopsy was performed on him Friday morning.

Deputies are still looking for a suspect and say that Richardson's 1997 Jeep Wrangler was stolen. The Jeep is red with a black top and aftermarket wheels and tires.

The Jeep's Idaho wildlife license plates have been found and are no longer on the vehicle.

Anyone who has seen the stolen Jeep or has information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

We asked if there were any signs of forced entry, or if anything else was taken from the home, but Donahue said he could not release that information.

NewsChannel 7 went back to Richardson's home today where investigators were still going in and out of the home. We talked to several neighbors who said they're devastated. They tell us Richardson was a great guy who had lived in the home for many years. They say he lived alone and had retired.  They're not sure why anyone would target him and didn't know of any enemies he might have.

Donahue says investigators are now working several leads. He says while there is a killer on the loose, there is no reason for folks in that neighborhood to feel like they are in danger.

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