Hogan Death First Tallahassee Murder of Year

A man's body discovered early Tuesday morning has become the first Tallahassee murder investigation of the year. The first reported homicide of the year in the capital city limits was reported by the victim's own wife.

Police say she found 68-year-old James Hogan after he didn't come home last night.

Hogan's nephew, Benson Devane, he'd found out about Hogan's death by driving by the Sunshine Trailer Park and noticing the crime tape.

"I was thinking something's wrong in the area here. I said that's close to my cousin; let me see what's going on. Come to find out it was my family. It's shocking, but you never know; the devil is busy."

Tallahassee police say someone killed Hogan in a mobile home he and his wife, Patricia, own at 848 Sunridge Road. The couple lived on Sloe Drive, but authorities say he spends a lot of time at the Sunridge Road trailer.

Patricia stopped by just after 4:30 Tuesday morning.

OFC John Creamer with the Tallahassee Police Department said, "We're assuming that he was there either alone or with somebody else. She came over and was concerned for him and when she came in she found him there."

James Harris remembers his brother-in-law and added, "He was a little sporty guy. I've never seen him get into any trouble. I've known him more than 50 years. I've been married to his sister for 50, and he'd been a nice guy for all of those 50 years as far as I'm concerned."

Results of an autopsy may be released Wednesday.

Police say they are working a couple of leads, but if there's anyone who knows anything about this murder, call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

OFC Creamer says it is not conclusive whether this is drug related, but says investigators are certain it is not gang related.


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