Police ID 2 bodies found near 48th, Farnam; foul play ruled out - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 7:18 pm
Police ID 2 bodies found near 48th, Farnam; foul play ruled out

Update: Omaha police on Saturday identified the two dead men whose bodies were found Friday at 4807 Farnam St.

They are Ronald D. Wilke, 76, and Jeffrey Wilke, 50.

Police have ruled out foul play, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.

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There were no immediate signs of foul play in the deaths of two men who were found Friday morning at a midtown home, Omaha police said.

One body was found outside 4807 Farnam St. near shrubs in front of the porch, the other inside.

The bodies had been there for some time, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.

Neither man's name nor the cause of death had been released late Friday night. Detectives had not completely identified either victim, Shade said.

According to the Douglas County Assessor's website, the home is owned by Ronald Wilke, a retiree.

A neighbor said a father and son live in the house. Their cars remained in the driveway Friday morning.

But neighbors said they didn't recognize a third vehicle, a Ford Explorer, parked near the house. Police were examining the Explorer as part of their investigation.

Officers were called to the house about 8:40 a.m. after a neighbor spotted what appeared to be a man down outside the house.

Warren Swanson, 69, who lives north across Farnam Street from where the bodies were found, described the neighborhood as safe and quiet.

Swanson said he has spent time on his front porch visiting and drinking coffee with Ron Wilke.

“These were nice guys,'' said another neighbor, Dick Mitchell, 70, who lives south of the Wilke property.

World-Herald staff writer Maggie O'Brien contributed to this report.

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