Police rule man’s death a homicide after he was found in his pool

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following the discovery of a dead man in a swimming pool, police identified the deceased as Hal D. Cornell III on Wednesday and ruled his death a homicide. Police say a person of interest is currently in custody.

Cornell, 70, was found dead in a backyard pool at a home in the 10900 block of Poplar Ave. around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Police say he could have been there for days.

Neighbors say they hadn’t seen Cornell since last Friday. Gene Lundy, who lives nearby, told FOX 4 he had been growing concerned after not seeing his neighbor.

“I’ve just been expecting something to happen over there for a couple of days,” Lundy said. “It’s just a feeling I had.”

When asked what prompted those feelings, Lundy said he usually sees his neighbor outside, but hadn’t in the last couple of days.

“I haven’t seen him,” said Lundy. “I normally see him out cutting the grass or talk to him about something.”

Cornell’s wife stated she had been out-of-town for a couple of days and when she returned home, she found her husband in the pool. That’s when she called police.

Police say the man lived there with his wife and adult son. Neighbors say the son has been home.

“He made some remark the other night, he said, ‘my dad’s driving me nuts,’ or something like that,” Lundy said, referring to the victim’s son.

Neighbors say they have exchanged words with the son but didn’t know him too well.

“He sticks to himself pretty much,” said Lundy.

Both the wife and son were taken in for questioning. Police are still investigating what happened, but an autopsy will be performed to find out the exact cause of death.

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