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82-year-old Goldsboro man's death a homicide

Posted July 6, 2012

— The death of an 82-year-old Goldsboro man found in his home has been ruled a homicide, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Friends found the body of Ralph Exum Jones in the kitchen of his home, at 496 Slick Road, Wednesday night, after he never answered their calls.

Authorities said he had been shot and that they are not sure when he died, but they declined to comment on a possible suspect or motive.

"There's no reason for us to think this was a random killing. There's no sign of a struggle, or anything, in the house," Maj. Tom Effler with the sheriff's office said.

Neighbors said Jones lived alone.

According to his obituary, he was a retired, self-employed truck driver who had four children, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

"A lot of people that knew him said that he was a tender-hearted person," Effler said. "He would try to help someone out if their luck was bad."

Investigators want anyone who might have information about Jones' death to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-731-1481 or Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.


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  • mrman2a Jul 9, 2012

    Prisons have become a freebie way of life for some people that do not wish to work.So they have no fear of going there.Sad place this nation has come to,only going to get worse.

  • Bartmeister Jul 6, 2012

    What a shame.

  • storchheim Jul 6, 2012

    I'm so old, I remember when robbers would do everything to AVOID killing the victim. Don't know whether it was decency, or the common sense notion that a murder charge is not a good thing to have on top of robbery. But I agree, why kill an old man who probably wouldn't hurt you even if he could?

  • jodymcneill Jul 6, 2012

    This was my Uncle. My mothers sisters husband. Im very sad for my cousins who lost their mother as well not to long ago. Im praying for the family. I love you all very much.

  • jescobedo7 Jul 6, 2012

    I so agree with Wendalcatlover, why would anyone have to kill an elderly person for whatever reason. The elderly and children, I just don't get it. What has this world become.
    RIP Mr. Jones

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 6, 2012

    This had to be someone he knew and trusted that he willingly let into the house. The heartache he must've felt when they turned the gun on him must've been awful, and whomever did this to him should hang.

    Those that loved him are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • passport423 Jul 6, 2012

    He has such a kind face! How sad! Praying for his loved ones.

  • justafella Jul 6, 2012

    R.I.P. Mr Jones.

  • JoJo82 Jul 6, 2012

    Praying for his family. I hope the criminals get what's coming to them.

  • Wendellcatlover Jul 6, 2012

    Why? Why? Why would you murder an elderly person? There is no way this man could put up any kind of fight...if you must, just rob him and leave him to be...there's no need to murder!!!