Death Investigation in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Police are investigating a death on Donald Court in Wilkes-Barre.

A search warrant in this case says police found the owner of the home Fred Boote dead inside with a stab wound.

"I was in my bedroom and I heard crying and then I thought, 'oh, no, this is not good.' So, I came out and the whole street was full of cars," said neighbor Cindy Cruikshank.

Police say they discovered Fred Boote after finding his dog roaming several blocks away.

A search warrant says when police went to return the dog, they found Boote dead inside.

The warrant says Boote was found with a stab wound to his back in a bedroom and there was evidence someone tried to set a fire in the room.

Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 this is a quiet neighborhood.

"I've never had a problem the whole time I've lived here, I've always felt safe, my neighbors are all wonderful," said Tara Zubey.

Cindy Cruikshank lives across the street. She says Boote is an Uber driver who gave her a ride last week.

"When I found out it was him today, it's just shocking and so painful."

Police are still investigating this as a death. There is no word on whether it will be ruled a homicide or if there is anyone in custody.

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