POLICE found a man’s decomposing body inside a basement — with his hands and feet tied — after neighbors described a foul smell coming from the home.
When police arrived, an officer found the back door to the home open with a bloody shirt on the floor and open cabinets in the kitchen.
Burned documents on the stove and sink were also found, and other rooms were ransacked.
A piece of furniture was blocking a door and once officers cleared the way and entered the basement, they found the body of Eldon W. Ledford.
His body was found after a neighbor reported a foul odor coming from a house that didn’t see any activity for several weeks.
Adeodoyin Babafemi Odutola was arrested in Hepzibah last week in Georgia and was charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
He is jailed in Augusta awaiting extradition, according to the Associated Press.
Aiken County Coroner Darryl M. Ables ruled in February that Ledford died of blunt force trauma.
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Local CBS affiliate WRDW-TV reported that a few weeks earlier, police had visited his house for a well-being check after one of Ledford’s acquaintances asked them to check on him because no one had seen or heard from him in days.
Jackson police said when they got to his house, his car was in the driveway, and when they went into the home, they saw drawers had been pulled out in all rooms.
Police then called Fresh Market in Augusta, which is where Ledford was looking for a job at the time.
An employee says Ledford went there for a meat-cutting test and he was offered a position, but he never came back, WRDW-TV reported.
No one could find Ledford until police got the call about the smell.
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It’s unclear if Odutola has a lawyer to speak for him.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation.