The Tuesday evening discovery of body in a Lakebottom home has launched the city’s fifth homicide investigation of the year.
Michael Joseph Crowley, 53, was found dead with multiple stab wounds when police checked on him about 7 p.m. at his 1515 18th Ave. home. There have been no arrests, police reports state.
Officers responded to the home because Crowley’s sister had called police and asked for officers to conduct a health and welfare check. The officers entered the home through the front door and found Crowley lying in the kitchen, reports state.
Detectives then responded to the home and began their investigation. Deputy Coroner Charles Newton pronounced Crowley dead at 9:22 p.m., police said.Reports state the homicide happened between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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“I am truly, truly, truly sorry about that,” said Michael Green, who did business with Crowley. “He was really a nice guy.”
Green drove by Crowley’s home, which is divided into separate apartments, Wednesday morning. He’d met Crowley about five days ago after learning the Lakebottom resident repaired Macintosh computers.
“He shared with me that he was taking care of two homeless people,” Green said. “He was trying to help them get on their feet. For some reason, he had to put them out of the house.”
Crowley came to Columbus from Atlanta at some point because he had more customers in this area, said Shannon Fortune, who works at Cartridge Center.
Crowley helped Fortune’s business about eight months ago when it had a computer virus problem, and he left his contact information at the store for anyone who needed help.
Fortune said Crowley would buy computers that needed fixing, rebuild them and then sell them. Fortune would call Crowley when he came across a machine he thought Crowley would want.
“He’s always been helpful with us,” Fortune said. “Nice guy.”
Crowley’s body was sent to Atlanta Wednesday for an autopsy.