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Suspect sought in Southgate murder

Police closing in on person-of-interest

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SOUTHGATE, Ky. - Southgate police are zeroing in on the person they believe is responsible for February's murder of David Sellers at the Fox Chase South Apartments.

"We're working in a very positive direction toward a suspect at this particular time," Officer Jim Snider said Sunday.  "I believe we're fairly close.
 
The body of Sellers, 66, was found on Feb. 27.  His Nissan Quest minivan turned up the next day abandoned in the 900 block of Monroe Street in Newport.

On March 4, the Campbell County Coroner ruled that Sellers died from blunt force trauma, although investigators have not disclosed the type of weapon used.

"We're actively working all leads and we're awaiting some forensic results form the Kentucky State Crime Lab," said Officer Snider.

He add that investigators do not believe the crime was a random act.

"We believe that the suspect we will be able to develop -- that suspect would be somebody known to the victim," he said.

Neighbors said Sellers was a retired insurance adjuster who lived alone, wasn't married and didn't have any children.  One said he often heard Sellers play classical music on his trumpet in his apartment.

The only relative police were able to locate was a cousin in Lima, Ohio, in the northwestern portion of the state.

Because Southgate is a small community with a small police department, specialized assistance was requested from crime scene units in Campbell and Boone Counties.

"When an agency needs something, it's not a question of if they're going to get the support," Officer Snider said.  "It's a question of when and how much do you need and we do the same with other cities as well."

Prior to the Sellers homicide, Southgate's last known murder occurred over 15 years ago.

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