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Upper Darby resident found beaten to death in his home

Ruskin Lane, Upper Darby
Ruskin Lane, Upper Darby

An Upper Darby man was found bludgeoned inside his home Monday, and now police are trying to figure out who killed him and why. Police tell Action News that 59-year-old Michael Fanning was found beaten to death inside his home on the 7100 block of Ruskin Lane.

The terrible discovery was made earlier Monday after Fanning failed to show up for work over the weekend. Police in Upper Darby of Delaware County say 59-year-old Michael Fanning may have been dead for several days before his body was found Monday. The co-workers of Fanning went to the home of the Haverford College painter after not having heard from him for several days.

According to police reports, officers who responded to the property were able to make entrance to the property by climbing through an unlocked window. Fanning was then discovered dead in a bedroom on the second floor of the Ruskin Lane residence. According to police there was no sign of forced entry to the property. Authorities say that Fanning had several roommates who are police are trying to locate as witnesses to what happened.

There were several tenants that lived in that location who wer'e now trying to locate and our investigation continues. We're doing a full court press on it," said Supt. Chitwood. of the Upper Darby Police Department. He also stated that "We also learned that on Friday, which is the last time we can put him alive, he got his paycheck and allegedly had a fairly significant amount of money from his paycheck when he left work," said Supt. Chitwood.

Police are now looking for the victim’s vehicle, which is missing. The car is a silver 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis with a roadster top. It has a vanity license plate “RICTER.” The police do believe that the car was also stolen.