HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Three law enforcement agencies are searching for answers in the death of William Ray Bevills, 76, of Houston.
Family members say they were unable to contact Bevills on Monday, and Houston police discovered his body when they conducted a welfare check.
"We went out there. The house was locked. After doing a visual out take of the house we noticed one of the back windows was knocked out of the house. So, we gained entry into the house," said James Meyers, chief deputy of the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department.
Police believe there was some type of altercation inside the home on Aberdeen Road.
"There were some visable signs that there had been an altercation of some type," adds Meyers. "There was evidence that we did gather that were hoping will lead us to a suspect."
Those who knew him said he was friendly and not the type to get into or cause trouble for anyone else.
"I've been knowing him all my life. You know he was a real nice gentleman. He was a good friend to everyone around Houston," said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles.
Investigators are awaitng a report from the state pathologist in Jackson.
Law enforcement is asking that in the event anyone did see William "Ray" Bevills Saturday night after 9 p.m. to contact authorities so that they can piece together a timeline.