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Update: Police Say Man Stabbed to Death in Rustburg

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Update Monday 10:30 a.m.:

Campbell Co., VA -  Investigators have confirmed how an elderly man was killed Friday night in Rustburg.

The Campbell County Sheriff's office says James Payne, 89, was stabbed to death in his own home.

They also say there were no signs of forced entry in to the home.

Investigators need your help on this one - they want to talk with anyone who visited Payne's home recently or anyone who's seen anything suspicious. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-798-5900.

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Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Rustburg, VA - A homicide has rattled Campbell County, after a man was found dead in his home Friday night.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of 89-year-old James Payne. It happened in the 400 block of Clarks Road in Rustburg.

Investigators are staying tight lipped, but they were back on the scene Saturday continuing their investigation.

While sources tell us this was a possible stabbing, officials won't confirm that.

Neighbors say they are shocked this happened to such a caring man.

"Knowing that someone could do something like that is just very upsetting, very upsetting," said Shannon Epperson, who lives across the street from where Friday's murder took place.

A little after 6:40 Friday night, investigators say Payne's family found him dead in his home. Officials are unsure of the exact time of death, however they say the last contact anyone had with the victim was 9:30 Friday morning.

Neighbors say they are shocked someone could do this to such a loving person.

"He was just a really nice person, and I don't think he saw any bad in anybody," said Epperson.

Payne lived in his house alone, but neighbors say his son lives next door. Saturday, his son's driveway was also blocked with police tape.

Neighbors say Payne was a local business owner. He founded Payne Construction Company in 1971.

With many questions and few answers, Epperson says Payne will be missed.

"It's sad and it's mean. Because my son, who is 12, lives in North Carolina. He always asks how is Mr. Payne doing, and comes to see him when he is home. And Mr. Payne asks about him as well," said Epperson.

The Sheriff's Office says Mr. Payne had some sort of security device for his home, but that has not assisted police during their investigation.

If you have any information about what happened, you are asked to call the Campbell County Sheriff's Office or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.

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