MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies in Madison County are investigating a man’s death in Harvest.
Deputies say a neighbor found Jason Klonowski, 57, dead outside of his home near Highway 53 on Sunday, November 3. Investigators haven’t said how Klonowski died.
“Cause and manner of death right now is not being released due to the pending facts in this case and the information that we’re attempting to gather,” said Sgt. Brian Chaffin of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Denise Brown told WHNT News 19 she found Klonowski outside his barn at his home on Mussleman Lane in Harvest. She was his housekeeper for five years.
“He was just a quiet peaceful man, loves nature, he loves the outdoors, and he’s just a good all-around person when it comes to, I don’t know, he’d give his shirt off his back to somebody,” said Brown.
Sgt. Chaffin said this case is not their typical death investigation.
“This situation right here requires us to go above and beyond a normal death investigation, and when we go above and beyond that normal death investigation, we treat it as a murder investigation,” said Sgt. Chaffin.
Chaffin said the investigation is just in the beginning stages. “We have spoken with individuals, talked to individuals that are associated with this individual, Jason Klonowski, the victim in this case,” he said. “We spoke with several subjects, gathered information and we’ll continue to speak to people.”
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to figure out who Klonowski was, or if he had any possible enemies. “We met this man Sunday,” said Chaffin. “We don’t know him, we’re trying to learn him, learn his life, and learn what happened.”
Meanwhile, Denise Brown said she will continue to look after what Klonowski left behind, from his geese to his horses.
“He’s just one of those people you can’t forget anyhow, he’s just touched my life in a different way than most people do,” Brown said.
“We have got to find who did this and find them quick,” Brown added.
If you have any information on this case, please call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 532-3412.