Day laborer sought after Houston real estate investor’s homicide

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 12:14 PM

HOUSTON -- A Clear Lake-area father was found beaten to death, and homicide investigators believe this may have something to do with someone the victim hired to do home repairs.

Family members describe Al Dehghani as a real estate investor. He was last seen leaving his home on Meadow Grove Trail Monday morning.

When did didn’t return home Monday night, family members filed a missing persons report.

Dehghani’s son told KHOU 11 News that loved ones went on a frantic search on Tuesday. He said they found his father’s body when they entered one of his vacant rental homes located in the 5400 block of Malmedy in southeast Houston.

Dehghani had been beaten to death, police said.

Dehghani was doing renovations on the house and is believed to have picked up a day laborer to help out.

Investigators said Dehghani regularly picked up day laborers near a Home Depot at the Gulfgate Mall. Police are now looking to speak with one man that Dehghani regularly uses.

Dehghani’s son told KHOU 11 News over the phone that his family is in complete shock. He begged the public to come forward with answers.

Right now, a true motive remains unclear. However, Dehghani's family says the 52-year-old’s cell phone and 2006 silver Honda Accord are missing. The car has Texas plates THD 306.

Dehghani’s neighbors described him as a nice, reserved family man.

“It just comes as a shock. I’m not sure how to react to all of this,” said neighbor Lan Chen.

Another neighbor who didn’t want to be identified recalled Dehghani helping his family out with a home repair.

“We just know them as good people,” he said. “We certainly hope police find out who this person is.”

Other tenants of Dehghani’s said they were in disbelief over the murder.

“I know he’s a good gentleman. Every Christmas, he brings us cookies. He’s just a good man,” said tenant Toby Brown.

Toby Brown lives in a home directly across the street from where the body was found.

“When I found out that happened to him, I was hurt. I wondered who did that because he’s a hardworking man. He’s always working on his houses,” added Brown.

Police said they don’t have any witnesses or suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or HPD homicide at 713-308-3600.

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