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Chattanooga police are investigating a Friday home invasion in which a 68-year-old man was bound and later died.

Franklin Bonner was found unresponsive in his Enterprise Lane home around 5:30 p.m., said Sgt. Jerri Weary, police spokeswoman. Later, when EMTs arrived, Mr. Bonner was pronounced dead.

"From what it looks like right now, it appears to be a homicide," said Lt. Tim Carroll, head of Chattanooga police major crimes. "We don't know what the cause of death is right now, we're still in the preliminary stages of the investigation."

The home, which lies in the middle of a quiet cul-de-sac just south of state Highway 58 near Chickamauga Lake, was ransacked, Lt. Carroll said. It wasn't immediately clear if anything was taken or if burglary was the motive, but there did not appear to be any forced entry, he said.

"We haven't been out in this area, for homicides in quite a while," Lt. Carroll said. "I can't speak for burglaries or other crimes."

Mr. Bonner's wife told investigators she had last seen her husband alive around 1 p.m. Neighbors reported hearing him around 3:30 p.m. Apparently Mrs. Bonner made the discovery and called police.

The cause of death was not immediately apparent, Lt. Carroll said. Residents said the neighborhood was quiet, and that Mr. Bonner was a quiet retiree who lived with his wife.

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