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Horace Horton, Homeless Man, Found Dead and Burned in Nashville Park

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated 
Horace Horton, 55
Horace Horton, 55 Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

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A homeless man whose burning body was found in Tennessee on Sunday night may have been killed by blunt force trauma, authorities said.

Horace Horton, 55
Horace Horton, 55Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

In a statement, Nashville police said that the body of Horace Horton, 55, was found in a homeless camp near a park roughly three miles east of downtown Nashville.

Authorities were summoned to the area at 6:30 p.m. amid reports of an explosion in a “heavily wooded area.”

Officers found several empty tents, a small fire “with a propane tank in the center” and Horton’s body, which was burning.

The circumstances of Horton's killing remained unclear Monday, though a preliminary autopsy showed that blunt force trauma played “a significant factor” in his death, the statement said, adding that anyone with information should contact Nashville Crime Stoppers.

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