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Death of 78-year-old Woodbridge man investigated as murder

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. -

Prince William County police are investigating the suspicious death of a 78-year-old man in Woodbridge as a murder.

The incident happened in the 3400 block of Caledonia Circle.

Police found Charlie Adkins dead inside his house with a wound to the neck just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Neighbors say they last saw him around midday Sunday.

Adkins lived inside in a townhouse on Caledonia Circle since the mid-1980s where neighbors knew his routine.

The retired Army veteran, who walked with a cane, lived alone, but had a female friend and would spend his days at a Prince William County senior center.

“I can't imagine who would take Charlie's life,” said Kenneth Richardson, a friend of Adkins. “He would never hurt anybody. He was always a guy who would always give.”

"This neighborhood is a great neighborhood. I never had any major problems in the neighborhood,” said neighbor Tim Perry. “When they told me they found him, I was totally shocked. Plus, Charlie is the type of person he doesn't bother anybody. He's a loner.”

Perry lives right next door and has known Adkins since 1987.

Police spent the night in the house looking for evidence. It is a house packed with items the 78-year-old had been saving for years.

"We are unable to determine whether or not a robbery took place or a burglary took place, so we don't believe either of those took place just from what we located inside the residence,” said Prince William County Police spokesperson Jonathan Perok. “But it was kind of a cluttered residence, so it was a little difficult to determine for sure. He was alone, so it was unknown if anything was taken."

Police say investigators have questioned a few people, but the leads have so far have not panned out.

Adkins was well known at the senior center where he would spend several hours every day.

Police are looking for help from anyone who may have seen Adkins over the weekend and noticed anything that might help the investigation.


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