Pike County Deadly Beating

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The body of an elderly man was discovered Thursday in his home and police need your help in arresting whoever is responsible.

This is the first murder since 2001 in Pike County, and Sheriff Russell Thomas says it’s one of the cruelest ones he's seen.

Located just outside Troy in the Bon Air Subdivision was where family members found 76-year-old Hoover Simmons beaten to death in his kitchen Thursday morning.

The Pike County Sheriff's Office feels the victim may have known the assailant, based on the evidence surrounding the victim.

"This was a very brutal and bloody scene. Obviously, it was a homicide from the way we found the body. The body was very, very badly beaten and whoever did this are very sick people," says District Attorney Gary McAliley.

Simmons was better known among friends as "Uncle Hoover".

His niece, Carolyn Jackson found him in his kitchen, lying in a pool of blood.

"If you had known him as a person, you'd know he was considerate, kind. Anybody that knew him would be shocked by what happened to him. With us being his family, we are deeply saddened by his passing, but we're going to stick together as a family. We're going to unite, stand together and stay strong," says Jackson.

Even though family members are relying on the sheriff's office to find who could have come into the home and commit such a crime, they say they are relying on a higher power to get them through.

"We got to lean and depend on the one that sees it all. We might think things, but God knows everything: what went on, what took place. He knows who did this. Justice is going to be done" says Simmon's Sister-in-law Marie Simmons.

Simmons's car was located about a quarter of a mile away, down a dirt road abandoned.

Police are now following up what they call strong leads and hope to make an arrest soon.

There is a reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction. If you know anything, call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 566-4347.