Jan 26, 2013 11:55 PM by Tony Spehar -

Florence waiting for answers after mayor's death

A boundary of police tape remained around the home of Florence Mayor Charles Giebler for most of Saturday as police continued to investigate his death.

Giebler, 52, was found dead by an employee on Friday afternoon. City officials said his death did not appear to be the result of foul play, but a cause has not been determined. The news of his untimely death shocked the small town.

"I thought he was a very good man, very outstanding person," described Charles McAllister, who owns an antique store down the street from a restaurant Giebler owned. "Did a lot for the community and participated in the boy scouts, his church, was a great guy."

Other business owners described Giebler as an outgoing man and a city leader who cared about the welfare of local stores and shops.

More than 24-hours after he had been found dead investigators still filled his home, officers could be seen carrying several boxes out of the house late Saturday afternoon and shortly after they took down the police tape that had surrounded the home.

Chief Michael DeLaurentis of the Florence Police Department told News 5 his officers had completed their part of the death investigation. He wouldn't go into further detail, saying they were awaiting autopsy results. An autopsy was performed on Saturday, but they are awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination.

The city council of Florence is expected to advertise to fill Giebler's vacant position soon; they may choose a replacement as soon as mid-February.



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