UPDATE: A body found Monday in Summerville is being investigated as a homicide. 

Edward (Eddie) Earl Lanham, 75, was found in his home after his wife called 911 around 10:00pm Monday.

Monday night, the case was being investigated as a suspicious death.

Wednesday morning, the Chattooga County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed they are investigating it as a homicide.

Investigators said Lanham died from gunshot wounds that were not self-inflicted. 

Initial investigation suggests that the victim was the intended target, so community members don’t need to be worried.

"We just want to put everybody's mind at ease,” GBI assistant special agent in charge Joe Montgomery said, “There is not some roaming gang out trying to hurt people. This was a specific incident."

Investigators are interviewing people in the community, and asking anyone with information to come forward.

"Our main goal is to jump on it as fast as we can and try to get a successful end to the investigation," said Sheriff Mark Schrader.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the GBI office in Calhoun at 706-624-1424 or the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office at 706-857-3411.

Stay with Channel 3 as this story develops.


PREVIOUS STORY: A body found Monday in Summerville is being investigated as a homicide. 

Edward (Eddie) Earl Lanham, 75, was found in his home after a 911 call about 10:00pm Monday.

The investigation has so far revealed that Lanham appears to have died from gunshot wounds that were not self-inflicted. 

Initial investigation suggests that the victim was the intended target, according to the Chattooga County Sheriff.  

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the GBI office in Calhoun at 706-624-1424 or the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office at 706-857-3411.