BRANCHLAND, W.Va. —¬†Family members of an elderly Lincoln County man found murdered Monday morning say he was a good friend who would help anyone who needed it.The body of Burley Kelley, 88, was found in his residence near Route 10 in Branchland.

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Burley Kelley was 88.

State police troopers are investigating. They spent most of Monday morning at Kelley’s home.

Kelley’s daughter-in-law, Rachel Johnson Kelley, released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“He was a father of 12 and stepfather of 2 that he raised as his own. Grandfather of 41 and great-grandfather of 43. Uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He worked in the coal mines, lumberjack, construction worker & worked in Michigan at the Coca-Cola factory. He was a good friend to many and would help anyone that needed it.”

Troopers haven’t released much information about the investigation.

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