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Lenawee Co. Sheriff IDs victim in Irish Hills homicide

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We have new information in this weekend's homicide in the Irish Hills.

The Lenawee County Sheriff has identified the man killed inside his Southeast Michigan home as 66-year-old Larry Smith.

The victim's family did not want to talk, but neighbors are shocked. The crime scene is about five miles west of Michigan International Speedway and surrounded by several lakes.

When you think of the Irish Hills, you think of racing or a summer escape to Devils Lake.

Homeowners in Woodstock Township say this weekend's homicide is a wake up call.

"You come here to get away from the city ... to get away from the city and all the strife and all the trouble," says Diane Matako who lives in Woodstock Township. "You move out here to get away from it. When stuff like that happens, it kind of rocks you a little bit."

Lenawee County Sheriff's deputies found 66-year-old Larry Smith dead inside his home along Silver Lake Highway on Sunday night.

Friends say Smith, who recently found out his cancer was no longer in remission, lived inside his Woodstock Township home with other people who are not relatives.

"We were originally dispatched at 7:34 on July 20th to check his welfare after a relative called us and was concerned because they hadn't heard from him for a few days," says Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh.

Welsh would not comment on how Smith died. He says that would hinder the investigation. Welsh would only say that it was not a random act. He believes Smith knew his killer.

"We feel it was not a random break-in ... that he was acquainted with the person," says Sheriff Welsh.

Welsh says a person of interest has been identified, but detectives have not yet made an arrest. That has neighbors on high alert.

"It never happens here," says Matako. "You don't hear of things .. it just doesn't happen here. We don't want it to happen here."

Smith's autopsy is expected to be completed tomorrow. The sheriff says at that point investigators will likely release more information in how they believe the 66 year old was killed.

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