An autopsy performed Tuesday revealed that the east Macon man found dead at his home Monday afternoon was shot in the head, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.
A neighbor and co-worker called the police Monday after 58-year-old Michael Wilkins, of Springwood Drive, didn’t show up for work.
Macon police are investigating Wilkins’ death as the city’s fourth homicide of 2010.
Police have not released information about a motive or a possible suspect.
“Any further information released at this time would compromise the investigation,” police Lt. Eric Walker said.
A police report released Tuesday describes how police entered Wilkins’ house through an unlocked window and found the man’s body at the bottom of stairs leading to the garage.
Officers noted that items were “thrown around in the house” and that Wilkins was shot with a 9mm handgun.
Two of Wilkins’ former Brown & Williamson Tobacco co-workers who gathered Tuesday on Springwood Drive described him as mild-mannered and said he “never bothered anyone.”
Wilkins retired from Brown & Williamson and was working at Bumper to Bumper, an auto parts store on Whitfield Street, at the time of his death.
Milton Brooks, one of Wilkins’ former co-workers, said since it didn’t appear as though anyone had broken into Wilkins’ home, he thinks Wilkins knew his killer.
Anyone with information about the death is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.