Retired UM chemistry professor found dead in basement, ruled homicide

The Ann Arbor Police Department  is investigating the death of a former chemistry professor at the University of Michigan who was found dead in the basement of his home early Tuesday morning.

Ann Arbor Police said the body of Robert Sharp, 76, was found dead in his home on Alpine Drive. Sharp, taught chemistry at the University of Michigan for 39 years until he retired in 2008, according to MliveMlive.

Police said Sharp did not die of natural causes and have ruled it a homicide but would not release further information about his death.

Robert Koeff lives nearby and said he watched as firefighters and police combed the property.

"All of a sudden a fire truck came by and then two more, and then I think it was five altogether. And then a couple cop cars came and we came down here, and one of the neighbors said it smelled like an electrical fire," he said Tuesday.

According to police, an autopsy was set to completed Wednesday. They did not say when results would be available.