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Missing 86-year-old Detroit lottery winner found dead

Feb 4, 2015, 7:26 pm

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An 86-year-old Detroit man whose family said he disappeared a day after winning $20,000 in the lottery in December was found stabbed to death in a vacant house, authorities said on Wednesday.

Arthur Neal Jr. was found dead on Sunday afternoon in the 15000 block of Mansfield Street, said Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a Detroit police spokeswoman.

Neal was reported missing on Dec. 28 after disappearing Dec. 20 from his home in the 17200 block of Trinity Street.

(See Elderly Detroit man who recently won lottery missing, Lottery Post, Dec. 29, 2014.)

Family members told local media that Neal won $20,000 in the lottery on Dec. 19.  Police have not confirmed the lottery win, Kirkwood said.  A Michigan Lottery representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

Police are working to find out if Neal's winning $20,000 check was ever cashed.

An autopsy determined that he died from multiple stab wounds, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said.

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