Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Johns.
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Update 12:14AM Saturday 5/12
It's still in the (re-heated) Atlanta news cycle, but with no new information. WSB (Ch.2) devoted 18 seconds to the story starting 12:07PM, confirming a neighbor report on the Decatur Heights Google group around 2:30PM yesterday of helicopters flying overhead. (Usually we hear that sound well beyond the borders of our calm, peaceful little neighborhood, most typically over downtown Decatur.) Apparently the medical examiner has not yet released an official determination of cause of death and approximate timing. [All we know now is he didn't show up for work Thursday.]
Update 11:11AM Saturday 5/12
Updated 11:55PM Friday 5/11
As I was returning from a walk to Mason Mil Park via Medlock park, around 5PM, WSB's Manuel Bojorquez (who had just finished interviewing a neighbor) told me about this tragedy (discovered around 2:30PM) just north of Decatur Heights and Decatur, and 956 Sycamore Drive in the Springdale Neighborhood.
Investigators found signs of trauma, but no signs of forced entry. One report said it was blunt force trauma.
More in the continuation
Here's an 11 Alive report.
An AJC report at 4PM quoted DeKalb Police spokesperson Mekka Parish as saying there was blunt force trauma, but this reporter has not seen her saying that in any video.
Fox 5 has a video report saying Mr. Johns was a warm hearted, active man who enjoyed walking and hiking and was the kind of neighbor everyone would love to have. He is survived by two brothers and a sister. Neighbors who knew him are understandably upset.
The WSB video report is similar.
Ch. 2 devoted 20 seconds to the story starting 11:06PM, saying investigators considered the cause of death suspicious.
So, we have a real mystery, close to our neighborhood. Who would want to kill this kind man, and why? Let's hope the DeKalb Police catch the killer soon.
The reporter in one video incorrectly identifies the home as being in Decatur Heights. That area calls itself Springdale Heights. But, this is no time to quibble over minor things.
I've been around (or following) this area for 2/3 of a century, and can't remember any murder on or near Sycamore Drive.
Here's a map, for those not familiar with the area: