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Mysterious death prompts Person authorities to seize dog

Posted May 28, 2012
Updated May 29, 2012

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— Questions surrounding a man's death over the weekend prompted Person County authorities to seize a pitbull.

Deputies found the body of Eugene Cameron, 65, of Henderson, under a carport at 1189 Semora Road, west of Roxboro, late Saturday. Family members said he was checking on the house while his friend was out of town.

Witnesses said that Cameron was found naked, with his clothes balled up beside him, and bloody dog paw prints surrounded him. He had a severe injury to his right arm that could have caused him to bleed out, and the injury was consistent with a dog bite, according to a warrant.

Person County animal control officers seized an 8-year-old pitbull named DMX from Antonio Ford, who lives next to the house where Cameron was found dead.

Ford insists that DMX was caged up Saturday night.

"Unless he got a key to get out, I know he was in there," he said.

Sheriff Dewey Jones said Tuesday that the preliminary autopsy results indicate that the injuries that killed Cameron were consistent with a dog bite, but he said it could be several weeks before tests determine whether Ford's dog was responsible.

Antonio Ford, Person County dog owner Owner insists his dog didn't kill man

Ford said he saw Cameron's body, and he doesn't believe they look like a dog attack.

"He should have bite marks on his arms, neck, everywhere – all over his body," he said. "A dog is going for you.

"Why was he naked? I guess my dog took his clothes off?" he continued.

Ford and his family said that DMX is on a chain whenever it is outside, but other nearby residents said the dog sometimes roams the neighborhood and tries to attack their dogs.

Ford doesn't deny that DMX goes after other dogs when they're near – "I got a dog. I ain't got no cat. He fights other dogs," he said – but the dog isn't a killer.

He said that whoever or whatever killed Cameron is still out there.

"All that blood that was over there, whatever dog that was in there, that dog still has blood on him," he said.

Neighbors said coyotes are known to be in the area.

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  • cnkw2004 Jun 1, 2012

    A dog didn't commit this crime. Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity, since Mr. Cameron was house sitting. The animal that committed this crime, is still walking around on two feet. The SBI should have been called in to taken over this investigation. I also found it very disrespectful, that they left Mr. Cameron lying their nude for such a long period of time for all to see. This is a homicide not a dog attack. Where is the evidence that the dog did it? Someone knows what really happened and should come forth. May Mr. Cameron "Cam", Rest in Peace. The truth always comes to the light and I pray the investigation continues and the real killer is found. May God be with his family.

  • ladyblue May 30, 2012

    another news station was a little more forthcoming in discussing this yesterday and the officer said that there were numerous bites on this person and if all else failed they could match the dog bites to the teeth of this animal they think did it........

  • donkeypendergraph May 30, 2012

    Poor Doggy!

  • rogerwx May 30, 2012

    Purely and simply, the man was naked. Would someone bleeding out remove their clothes? Stupid question, right?
    However, a county commissioner lives very nearby. Sure wish those folks would have the cajones to pass a no-tether law. Chaining is cruel and rampant in Person Co.

  • SunAndSky May 29, 2012

    There is an old song about a man who kills the family dog because his child is missing and the dog has blood on him. Turns out the dog protected the baby from wolves, baby is found safe, the blood was from the wolves the dog fought. The song is titled "Echo Mountain". Not sure if it's a true story. It has a message however and tells us not to judge too quickly.

  • ladyblue May 29, 2012

    Again the laws on dogs being tethered differ in different locales.. In johnston county, as long as your dog is provided for the necessities such as shelter, food and water, they can be tethered 24/7 . If you don't believe, do some driving around especially in trailer parks. now it also states you can not tether your dog for 5 minutes without the proper necessities . I know this as my son has a dog that is a indoor dog unless they are in yard working, and for him to do his daily business. I had dexter chained out to do his business and dog warden drove by and because there was no dog house there he warned me and then explained these laws to me. There is no lease law in county of Johnston but is in clayton city..where i live.

  • PowderedToastMan May 29, 2012

    'not my real name' -- so the officers should shoot the dog before there is proof the dog was even involved?

  • babsd24 May 29, 2012

    (clothes balled up beside him) I would think that if bees got after me I would not take the time to ball up my cloths, they would be thrown any and every where. The biggest question here is why was he naked? Were there other finger prints on his body or cloths?

  • hannahhall08 May 29, 2012

    Incidents with a swarm of bee's will cause you to undress,maybe the man was bitten numerous time by bee's,undressed, annafalatic shock set in, he passes out and a coyote attempts to finish what the bee's started and something scared the coyote off before he finished... I'm just saying

  • poohpdoo2002 May 29, 2012

    Law enforcement should be able to tell if the clothes were removed before the man died. If he died with his clothes on and from the injury on his arm, then blood will be on the man's clothes. That means the clothes were removed after he died. My question is this: if they prove he was naked before the injury happened, then why was he naked? Hmmm...very strange story...unless he was not alone at that house and whoever was with him left the scene.

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