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Man found dead in mobile home near Elkview

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A man was found dead in his mobile home near Elkview and authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide.  

The grisly discovery was made Monday afternoon. A man went to a Darlington Lane mobile home to visit his friend David Lemons, 28. When no one came to door, he looked through a window and saw Lemons' body inside.

The friend then called 911. The call in about 1:45 p.m., said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriffs Department spokesman.  

"It appears to be a homicide," Humphreys said. "We're still in the early stages. The crime scene is being processed. They're trying to get good answers."

Kanawha Bureau of Investigation detectives were still trying to piece together evidence at the scene late Monday. Humphreys would not comment on the manner of death.

Lemons' family members came to the home Monday evening to speak with detectives. Lemons lived alone.

There was no sign of forced entry and no weapons were found inside though detectives still were searching Monday evening, Humphreys said.

Authorities were aware of an incident at the mobile home last week in which a woman was brought to Lemons' door after injecting narcotics and suffering a medical problem, Humphreys said.

 It was not clear if the woman knew Lemons or if the person she was with knew him, but they stopped at Lemons' home for help. She collapsed at Lemons' front door, but survived the ordeal, Humphreys said. Lemons was not charged in that incident.

Humphreys was not familiar with Lemons. He could not say if the deputies who work in the area knew of Lemons.

"They're looking at a lot of different aspects in this, looking at a lot of different possible leads and developing suspects," Humphreys said. "I don't know all of the leads they're exploring but I know they're trying to follow up on all the information they have."

There was what appeared to be blood inside and outside the residence, Humphreys said.

Evidence markers were placed under a window at the back of the mobile home near a parked motorcycle. A red substance was dripping out of the open window. Humphreys said the substance would have to be analyzed in a lab before authorities could identify it.

"Right now they're looking to try and find out when this person was last contacted, when they last spoke to someone," Humphreys said of the investigation. "They want to find out if anybody that may have been in the area that may have seen anything and we've got detectives that are canvassing looking for those answers right now."

Lemons' body was taken to the state Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information can contact deputies at 304-357-0169 or leave a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

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