Plano police suspect foul play in man's death, truck missing

Plano police suspect foul play in man's death, truck missing

A home in the 3100 block of Royal Oaks in Plano, where a man was found dead on Nov. 11, 2012. (Credit: WFAA)

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 5:40 PM

Man found dead in Plano home

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PLANO – Plano police say they suspect foul play in the death of a man found dead inside his home in the city's east side.

An official cause of death for Billy Joe Tanner, 50, has not yet been determined by the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office.

"I'm totally floored by this," said Cynthia Chapman, who lives nearby.  

Next door to her home in the 3100 block of Royal Oaks Drive, crime-tape flapped in the wind as investigators searched for clues in a possible homicide.

At 8 p.m. Sunday, Tanner was found dead inside the home. Police said an extended relative who lives at the house returned to find something alarming.  

"This person was familiar with layout and everything in the house and something indicated there was something wrong," said police spokesman David Tilley. "Our concern is that there is some foul-play. We believe that is the case."

Other than the department's suspicions, Tilley was tight-lipped about the case –– the clues that lead them to believe foul play was involved is unclear.

According to Plano police, Tanner's truck is missing. It is a red 2006 Chevy four-door pickup with the Texas license plate AK99367. Anyone who has seen the vehicle is encouraged to contact the Plano Police Department.

On Monday, investigators returned to the house searching for clues. Neighbors looked on from afar. 

"This is crazy, because I've talked to him a few times and he's really nice guy. It hasn't sunk in; I'm kind of in shock," Davis Dobbs said from the front yard of his home.

Robert Yates said Tanner was one of his long-time employees.

"[He] was a great guy. Great guy," Yates said. "I can't imagine, of all of the employees we have, I can't imagine this person being involved in something like this."

Yates said Tanner worked at the commercial fire alarms installation company for more than 10 years.

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