Published: Aug 08, 2012 6:14 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2012 6:15 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla - It's still unclear how wanted murdered Billy Retherford, Junior came into contact with 61 year-old Gregory Imhoff.

We do know Imhoff was a neighborhood handy manandfriends say he may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It is sad. It's very sad," said Audrey Yates, a friend and neighbor of Imhoff.

Yates says the 61 year old handy man lived at a home on Pineapple Palm Drive inside the gated Sabal Springs community.

Imhoff's job was not only a Mr. Fix itbut also, a home care taker.

He looked after the homes of neighbors who were snow birds.

We're told that's what he was doing Tuesday evening at 3562 Sabal Springs Boulevard.

A "Google street image" shows the house locked up for the summer.

The owners are back home in Wisconsin.

But while he was checking in on the placesomething happenedand Imhoff was found dead inside a short time later.

"It scared me to death. It really did," Yates said.

Sheriff Mike Scott says Retherford is responsible for the crimebut is not saying how the two men came into contact with each other.

Neighbors fear the 42 year old fugitive may have been hiding in the homeand Imhoff found him.

"Even though it's gated, people can get in through the back. We're so close to Suncoast Estates. There's trouble back there. It's not hard to climb a fence," Yates said.

Authorities have not released a cause of death.

The investigation continues.