Somerset police launch murder investigation after finding man's body

Albert Hail
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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Somerset police are investigating after a 76-year-old man was found dead in his home.

Police say a friend found Albert Hail dead in his home on Oak Hill Road, and called police at 3:26 p.m. Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk pronounced Hail dead at the scene.

"When officers arrived, they discovered that Albert Hail did suffer some trauma to his body," said Captain Shannon Smith.

Hail's body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy. The coroner said Friday afternoon that they have some preliminary findings from that, but are not ready to release it just yet.

Somerset police classified the case as a murder investigation, but did not release any details about the circumstances surrounding Hail's death.

They did activate the major crimes task force which is made up of Somerset Police, The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police.

Neighbors said that Hail had lived in the home for more than a dozen years and would occasionally be seen sitting on his front porch waving to cars as they drove by.

The home sits on a busy section of Oak Hill Rd at the intersection of Linda Avenue near US 27. People who live close by say it's been a safe area with little crime that they know of.

Anyone with information is asked to call Somerset Police Department 24-Hour Crime Tip Line at (606) 676-TIPS.

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