Crime scene tape surrounds a home on Drake Circle after a man was found shot to death inside. (July 3, 2012)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Anderson County deputies said they are investigating the death of a man who was found shot to death inside his home Tuesday night.
Deputies said that a co-worker went to the home of 54-year-old Joe Laughlin on Drake Circle about 8 p.m. after Laughlin failed to show up for work. They said that when deputies arrived at the home they smelled a strong odor, entered the home and found Laughlin's body.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said that it appears Laughlin suffered several gunshot wounds to the chest.
Deputies said Laughlin was last seen alive Sunday.
Randall Mulkey, Laughlin's friend of 15 years, was shocked by the news.
"He's going to be dearly missed," Mulkey said. "I mean, that's all I can say. He's a close friend. He's really going to be missed."
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
Anyone with information about Laughlin's death was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).
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