PEORIA — A man was found dead Monday morning in a Central Peoria house, the result of a homicide, police said.
The body of Ronald D. Harris, 49, was found inside the residence at 1004 W. Virginia Ave. Police were called there about 10:40 a.m. on reports of a burglary.
Officers discovered Harris' body in the living room. Peoria police Lt. Michael Boland confirmed the death is being investigated as a homicide, but he declined to comment on how Harris died or what evidence officers found inside of the house. He also wasn't sure if Harris lived at the house. An autopsy is to be performed Tuesday, according to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.
Harris is the seventh homicide victim of the year in Peoria.
"We suspect that there was some foul play because the body was in a particular position that someone wouldn't normally be in and there was a pool of blood around the body," Boland said.
Harwood said it appeared Harris has been dead for at least 12 hours. Boland said the last time that family members had heard from Harris was on Friday night.
People were sitting on their steps outside watching police come and go from the house. Half the block was taped off from traffic. There was a large crowd of friends and family of Harris who gathered on the other side of the street where they waited and watched police. Harwood wouldn't comment as to how Harris died, saying only that "he had injuries that were not sustainable with life."
Boland said it didn't appear there was forced entry to the house, but he did acknowledge there was evidence "of entry to the house." He declined to elaborate.
April was a particularly violent month for Peoria, with five homicide victims, including Harris. On April 1, a man died of a stabbing, and the following weekend three people were shot to death.
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