A 73-year-old man found in his home over the weekend was beaten to death, police said.
The search is on for whoever killed Carl Engel in his Greenlee Avenue near Church Street.
St. Bernard police discovered Engel's body Sunday after a neighbor called and asked them to check on the elderly man who lived alone.
Officers found the basement window broken out. No one answered the front door.
Officials first called the death ‘suspicious' before Hamilton County's coroner declared it a homicide Monday.
"I knew it was bad news, but I didn't know it was anything like this," said neighbor Dave Bauer.
Engel's children, Brian and Cynthia, said knowing their dad, he didn't go down without a fight.
"He fought his attacker as best he could," said his son, Brian Engel.
Investigators have collected a large amount of physical evidence and received several tips, said St. Bernard police Lt. Bill Ungruhe.
A motive has not been released. Police also will not say if they have a suspect.
“We do not believe the local residents are in any danger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Carl Engel,” said Ungruhe.
Family members said Engel was a loving, soft-spoken man who was a long time resident of the community. He was a city employee for more than 30 years.
"He never called off sick a day of work and I think when he retired he had 300 some odd sick days that he never used," his son said.
"He served that community and he lived and breathed Saint Bernard and somebody decided to take that from him. It's just horrible," added his daughter, Cynthia Koehler.
This is the second big tragedy for the family. They lost their mother to colon cancer at the age of 43.
"It's unfortunate to have your other parent go in such a bad and mysterious circumstance," said Brian Engel.
Dave Bauer, who lives across the street from the homicide scene, said he thinks this is a situation where someone needed money for drugs, and the suspect just preyed on the elderly.
"They need money and they don't care how they get it. That's the only thing I can figure. Why else would anybody have anything against this old guy who lived alone," Bauer said.
Nearby neighbors aren't in danger, police said, but Bauer did recently install a new security system in his home.
"Sure I'm concerned but you're going to face that in any neighborhood," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Bernard Police: 513-242-2727.
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