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UPDATE: Death in south Columbia investigated as homicide

Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 9:05 p.m. CDT; updated 10:52 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 12, 2013
A patrol vehicle from the Columbia Police Department sits Thursday outside a home in the south part of town. Police officers responded to the house at 7 p.m. Wednesday and found the body of a man in his 40s. The department has called the death a homicide.

*This story has been updated to include information about the police investigation and the victim's identity. 

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department is investigating a death in south Columbia as a homicide.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a robbery and unresponsive person at 2416 Cimarron Drive, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Sergeant Joe Bernhard said the call reported that a door was kicked in, which led the caller to report a possible robbery.

Officers found the body of Brian Daniels, 46, police said Thursday night. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The police do not think the crime was random, Bernhard said.

"Statistically, most people who are killed in their home, it was someone they knew," Bernhard said.

Daniels owned the home on Cimarron Drive, according to the Boone County Assessor's website. Several of Daniels' neighbors described him as reclusive.

"I hadn't seen him out in months," said Alice Dellande, who lives across the street from Daniels' home. "I can only recollect that I saw him one time."

Bernhard said the police do not have any suspects.

“Detectives are actively investigating every lead and angle in the case,” Bernhard said.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Daniels' home was surrounded by police tape. Two police officers stood outside interviewing a taxi driver.

The medical examiner was conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Bernhard said an autopsy report will be released in three or four days.

This is the second homicide in Columbia this year, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. Rudy Perez Jr., 33, was charged with the first-degree murder of Robert O. Hill on Feb. 1 while both were patients at Truman Veterans Hospital.


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