UPDATE: Mobile Police release statement on death investigation of USA professor

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UPDATE (11/22) — Mobile Police have released a statement on the latest in their investigation into the death of University of South Alabama professor Dr. Matthew Wiser.

“Anytime there is a homicide in our community and the suspect has not been taken into custody, the public should be concerned. Be more aware of their surroundings and increase security at their residences. At this point, however, we do consider it to be an isolated incident. It’s still early in the investigation and detectives continue to work every lead. Again we ask for the community’s help. Anyone with information is asked to call 251-208-7211 or send a message at mobilepd.org/crimetip.”

UPDATE: Statement from USA:

On Wednesday, November 20, University of South Alabama Police conducted a welfare check on Dr. Matthew Wiser, an assistant professor of economics and finance at USA’s Mitchell College of Business, after concerns were expressed by co-workers.

Upon arriving at Dr. Wiser’s residence, USA Police entered and found a body. USA Police secured the area and notified the Mobile Police Department, who arrived and began an investigation. Mobile PD has confirmed that the deceased is Dr. Wiser.

Following news of his death, students and faculty reacted to no longer being able to see a professor who they say was an inspiration on campus. Shelby Walter said she had Dr. Wiser as a professor in the Spring semester. She said, “He was a hard teacher, but he was a great teacher, and he was a really great guy.”

The hallway at the Mitchell College of Business is a little more empty now. Dr. Matthew Wiser’s placard and office hours taken off of his office door. Police say a USA officer found Wiser dead at his home on Wednesday night while performing a welfare check.

Walter said, “I was completely shocked when I saw the news reports this morning and everything. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt him or harm him. He was a really great guy.

Faculty also remembered the professor. Associate Dean of the Mitchell College of Business, Kelly Woodford, said, “The last time I saw him was probably in a faculty meeting, or just running into him in the hall. He would always stop and talk to us in the hallway.”

Police have not released any information on whether or not they have a person of interest in this homicide.

UPDATE (7:30 a.m.) –Mobile Police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Matthew Wiser. Police say he was shot.

Wiser was a professor at the University of South Alabama and was discovered by USA PD while doing a welfare check on the victim, according to Mobile Police.

According to The University of South Alabama’s website, Wiser was an associate professor of economics and finance.

Photo courtesy: University of South Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Police are investigating a homicide on Gaillard Drive near Langan Park.

Several MPD units were on scene Wednesday around 5 p.m.

Mobile Police say when officers got to the house, they found a man down inside the home. At this point, police have not released the identity of the victim, or who they think is behind this homicide.

Renee Coleman lives next door to the house investigators were taking a close look at. She said, “I can’t understand why anybody would have a problem with him because he was such a nice person.”

Coleman said she was home when she heard several cars pull up. She looked outside and saw police officers up and down her street. She said she was surprised because she never heard anything. She said, “A policeman came over here and was asking me some questions and that’s how I found out what was going on.”

Coleman said her neighbor was a nice man. She would often see him when she would go outside. She said, “He decorated for Halloween and Christmas and stuff like that. I mean, I don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with him.”

Coleman has lived on Gaillard Drive for 15 years. She said she’s never seen anything like this investigation in that time. She said, “It’s very unusual for anything to go on around here. It’s such a quiet neighborhood.”


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