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After an elderly man was found murdered inside his home in Logan County, people living there are taking some extra precautions to make sure they stay safe.

Grover Morrison was found dead Tuesday inside his home on Stratton Street. Now West Virginia State Police are looking for 37 year old John Edward Dempsey.

Investigators believe he is in the Man area. They found Morrison's car abandoned in the RiteAid parking lot there.

Man Police Chief David Walls spent the day patrolling the area looking for Dempsey. He said Dempsey is known to law enforcement in the area. Dempsey has been homeless, found living in a tent along the river at some points in recent months.

Walls says many people in the Man area are concerned, especially those who are elderly or living alone.

"Keep your eyes open and keep your doors locked. Don't take any chances as far as leaving your doors unlocked. You might want to lock everything up, even your cars," Walls said.

Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter says now, or any time, people should rely on their neighbors for help. If you have elderly people or anyone living alone in your neighborhood, check on them and help keep an eye on them. She says the number of crime watch groups is growing in Logan County. It is something she says will ultimately make communities safer.

"We need to get back into our old ways of communicating with the elderly and looking out for one another," Porter said.

Walls says they now believe Dempsey may be in a red Ford F-150 with a stripe or a red Grand Prix. He says they have received several tips but so far they haven't located Dempsey. If you know where he may be hiding you are asked to call the West Virginia State Police.