Man found dead in backyard

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder that happened Friday afternoon at a home on Price Road in Fairmont.

Deputies say a man was doing some gardening when he saw his neighbor Forace Oxendine,

57, being assaulted by two men in a backyard.

He called 911 and officers were immediately dispatched to the home.

When deputies arrived at the home, the two men were gone and Oxendine was dead.

Deputies say
Oxendine's girlfriend and another woman were in the home but they didn't hear or see anything.

Officers say they aren't sure if he was beaten to death or shot.

Autopsy results are expected to in Monday to confirm the cause of death.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 671-3100.