The Fayette County Coroner's Office said a man found dead in his home Saturday on Elsmere Park was a homicide victim.
Douglas Saylor, 66, was found by neighbors who hadn't heard from him and noticed that his car hadn't been moved for a while, Coroner Gary Ginn said.
Ginn would not say how Saylor was killed, only that it was a homicide and that possible weapons were found in the home. He said investigators were asking for the public's help to find out when and where Saylor was last seen alive.
Saylor's medication had not been taken since Wednesday, but the coroner did not know exactly when he was killed.
"We're trying to create a time line on this gentleman," he said.
"We're asking anyone who knows him to call the police department and let us know who saw him last."
Cindy Leonard, who lives across the tree-shaded street in the neighborhood of stately older homes, said Saylor had lived in the house about 15 years. She said he was well known and well liked in the community.
"He was a great guy, and this is a terrible shock to all of us," she said.
She said a female friend of Saylor had been trying to get in touch with him but had not heard from him. The friend and another neighbor, whom Saylor had trusted with a key to his house, went to check on him and found him in the kitchen in a pool of blood, she said.
Neighbors, friends and family members of Saylor waited outside the crime scene tape, which blocked off the northeast end of the street, for much of the afternoon Saturday as police interviewed people and collected evidence from inside the house.
Homicide detectives and the Lexington police mobile crime lab were there for more than seven hours. Saylor's body was removed about 5 p.m. to be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.
Police Lt. Dean Marcum said police and firefighters were called about 11:44 a.m. to Saylor's home at 674 Elsmere Park off North Broadway between West Sixth and West Seventh streets, a few blocks north of Transylvania University.
They discovered Saylor's body, and firefighters called Ginn's office shortly after noon, Ginn said.
Ginn said it was too early in the investigation to discuss what might have been the possible motive.
Saylor's death was at least the sixth homicide in Lexington in 2012.
The last occurred on May 7, when Librado Romero, 44, was shot at his home on Wayland Drive and later died. His daughter's ex-boyfriend, Edgar Vieyra, 18, was charged with his murder.
Five days before that, Christopher Thongs, 19, was shot in the 200 block of East Loudon Avenue and later died. Demarcus Lee Williams, 23, was charged.
Chaz Black, 16, was shot and killed at an apartment on Palumbo Drive on March 18. Police have said a disagreement involving several people began during a dice game. Deionta Hayes and Dominique Godfrey, both 21, are each charged with one count of murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree robbery.
James W. Fisher III, 41, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on March 9, shortly after being found shot outside a house on Chestnut Street. According to court documents, Fisher was shot while trying to break into a home. No one had been arrested in that case.
Gambino August, 44, was charged with murder in the death of Natalie K. Liles, 30, who was shot at an apartment complex off Eastland Parkway on New Year's Day. A grand jury amended the charge to manslaughter.
Two other deaths that occurred in 2011 were ruled homicides in 2012.