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Wood Co. man, 82, found dead, foul play suspected

Don Randoll Askew. Don Randoll Askew.

By Annette Falconer –bio|email

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Friday, Wood County Sheriffs responded to a call about a deceased body in the 2400 block of FM 852 in Winnsboro. When they arrived to his home, authorities discovered the body of Don Randoll Askew, 82, in his home.

Investigators, along with Texas Rangers, began processing the scene. It is believed that foul play is to blame; the case is still under investigation.

Askew's neighbor, Lynn Bell says deputy cars filled the street during the investigation, and left her feeling scared. "I didn't know what was going on at first, and I thought something must of happened, something bad."  Bell says her 14 year old daughter is so scared she won't sleep in her bed alone. "It makes me scared, it really does. My whole family," says Bell.

Askew left behind four daughters, who say they believe he might have been killed as early as Thursday.  They say their father checks off everyday he takes his medicine.  "We think it probably happened sometime Thursday, he didn't get to check off his medication at the end of the day, " said Askew's youngest daughter, Lisa Foreman.

Askew's daughters say their father was burglarized a couple months ago.  However, they say Askew didn't report the incident to the police.  "That's just what kind of man he was, " says Foreman. 

When asking Jerry Blaylock, the Wood County Criminal Investigator, about the connection between the burglary and this crime, Blaylock said, "Everything in the investigation we have found so far is going to be all linked together and processed in that manner."

"We do have some leads in the case.  I just sent off a DNA evidence for testing in the lab, and we are looking for a person of interest in this case, " says Blaylock.

Police say the cause of death is still under investigation, and will be determined by the finding of the autopsy.  A preliminary autopsy will arrive in the next couple of days, which will describe the location and the number of wounds.  A full autopsy report will arrive in a couple weeks.

As of now, Askew's daughters hold close the memory they have with their father.  

"We had a good life growing up with my dad taking care of us, and my mom too.  We were lucky, very lucky girls," says Foreman. 

"Every time we talked on the phone, the last thing he would say was, I love you babe.  And I would say, I love you too dad.  My last memories up to Friday, were I love you babe," said his daughter Amy Warren.

Askew's family just wants to know why someone would do this to their 82-year-old father.  "We just want to know, we want to know who did this and how it happened and hopefully maybe, get a little closure to what's going on, " said Foreman.  

If anyone has any information in this case, please call Investigator Sergeant Kevin Fretwell of the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

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