Homicide investigation underway after homeless man found dead in New Bedford
By: News Staff
NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) - Police and the Bristol County District Attorney's office have confirmed that the victim of an apparent fatal stabbing is 41-year-old Robert Jones III.
The body of Jones was discovered by two homeless men, who later directed police to the wooded area near Nauset Street. It is believed that Jones was living in the homeless encampment in which his body was found.
A medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Kevin Rioux lives in the encampment and was one of the men who helped police find his friend's body.
"It sickened me. He didn't have to go like that. Nobody bothers us, we're all good people, we keep the peace."
He said police were tipped off about the death and asked him for his help.
"State police came out they asked us to do a search cause we know the woods. We separated, went on different paths, and met up at the same spot and then the body was there."
He said Jones was 40 years old, and had been working at Amazon for a few months.
"He was a good kid, sometimes got a little out of line but he took care of me on my birthday, he helped me out, he helped us out, he bought us food, and was all around a good kid."
Rioux believes the stabbing was over a missing drawstring bag, and the killer thought Jones might have stolen it. He said the man was also homeless and who confessed to the killing of Jones.
"He called me said do you know where it's at, I said no. And that's when everything went down."
The investigation is still ongoing at this time. A medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
No one has yet been charged in the killing.
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