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Police searching for man in connection with elderly man murdered two days before birthday

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PLEASANT HILL, Mo. -- An elderly man killed two days before his birthday. Police say they are still looking for a possible suspect.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a person who may be connected to the crime.

Jackson County Sheriffs' deputies returned to a Pleasant Hill home near 7-Highway and County Line Road today looking for any evidence that could help them find a killer.

They say someone took the life of 83-year-old John Rector here on November 27th.

“The victim suffered from mass trauma to the head. We do have one puncture in the top of his head,” said Detective Scott Collins with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Collins said Rector may have been killed with a screwdriver, based on what they found from the medical examiner.

A friend and neighbor who declined to go on camera said his family has known Rector since 1978.

“The gentleman didn't have any family. He lived here by himself, and he did have one friend who would check up on him,” Det. Collins added.

That friend told FOX 4 he spoke to Rector the morning he died.

Less than two hours after that phone call, he found Rector's body covered in blood.

Investigators said a 60-inch Samsung TV was stolen from the victim's home and a bunch of items were knocked off his fireplace and broken.

The only clue: a surveillance picture of an SUV a witness spotted in the area.

Police are searching for this person and this white Kia Sorento.

Police are searching for this person and this white Kia Sorrento.

“We have no reason to believe this was planned,” Collins said. “For someone to take the life of an 83-year-old man, for what we believe is no reason, all we know it's for a 60-inch TV, it's just uncalled for. It's disturbing.”

If you recognize the person or car in the photo, police want talk to this person to get more information.

You can call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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Police are searching for this person and this white Kia Sorrento.

Police are searching for this person and this white Kia Sorento.

Police are searching for this person and this white Kia Sorrento.