SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police say a death investigation that started on Sunday afternoon is now a homicide investigation. Police believe the death of Robert Pugh, 44, was neither self-inflicted nor accidental.
Police got a request to check on Pugh's well-being about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. They found his body in his home at 2824 W. Latoka St. Pugh lived there for several years.
"He helped my husband and me during the big ice storm in '07," said next door neighbor J.D. Crawford of Pugh. "He ran an extension cord from his generator so that we had lights. He was a nice guy, a helpful guy. It's sad what happened to him."
An officer at the scene told a reporter about 8 p.m. Sunday that police didn’t have any reason to believe it wasn’t a suicide or natural death. Detectives spent the night processing possible evidence in the home, and Cpl. Matt Brown said early Monday afternoon that they had changed their focus to a homicide investigation.