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Police believe 68-year-old Collinsville man’s death was homicide

Daniel A. Taylor, 68, was found deceased by relatives at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. He lived at 600 Ostle Drive, Lot 7, in Collinsville.
Daniel A. Taylor, 68, was found deceased by relatives at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. He lived at 600 Ostle Drive, Lot 7, in Collinsville. snagy@bnd.com

Police said Sunday they believe the death of a 68-year-old Collinsville man last week was a homicide.

Relatives found Daniel A. Taylor deceased in his home at 600 Ostle Drive at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Collinsville Maj. Richard Wittenauer said Sunday that Taylor’s body “displayed significant signs of forced trauma.” He declined to give further details about the body.

“During the investigation, it became clear to investigators that Taylor’s death was a homicide,” Wittenauer said.

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Wittenauer said investigators are “confident” that Taylor knew the offender or offenders, but no arrests have been made at this time.

“He had a very small circle of associates, and we have talked to several of his associates,” Wittenauer said. “He kept to himself a lot. ... He was pretty regimented in what he did.”

Wittenauer said Taylor was last seen alive Sunday, Dec. 6, having lunch with family members. Police believe Taylor died sometime between Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis had been investigating the suspicious death, but disbanded Sunday. Collinsville Police Department detectives say they will continue the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collinsville Police Department at 618-344-2131 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. CrimeStoppers has offered a reward in this case.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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