Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to help determine the cause of death of a Viola man. Michael Ray Sanders, 54, was found by a neighbor, unconscious and laying on the floor of his home at 104 Pecan Street in Viola Tuesday evening Nov. 13.
Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said that a neighbor of Sanders was concerned after seeing no lights on at the residence and sent her husband over to check on him around 5 p.m. Dillinger said the neighbor took a small flashlight with him, and after getting no response from repeated knocks on the door, he shined the light through a window and discovered Sanders lying on the floor. A brother-in-law of Sanders kicked a door in to reach the unconscious man, authorities said.
Sanders was taken by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and then transported by Air Evac to a Springfield, Mo., hospital were he died Nov. 14.
"We've been talking with neighbors and other people to try and determine when he was last seen," Dillinger said. "We know he was seen by at least two people on Monday evening. But, we really won't know how he died until the autopsy report is back."
Dillinger said that all the doors were locked when neighbors and family members discovered Sanders and there did not appear to be any signs of forceful entry. He said that nothing had been reported missing in the home.
"There were some end tables knocked over but most everything seemed to be just everyday clutter," Dillinger said. "We'll know more as the investigation continues."