The three area Murphy Jewelers locations are closed Friday as the family deals with the death of owner Patrick Murphy.

"Good man. Really good man in our community. People in this community should step up and recognize this man for what he was worth," longtime customer Rick Watcher said.

The praise is now posthumous for jeweler Patrick Murphy.

The Schuylkill County businessman was found dead late Thursday morning in a New Orleans economy motel.

Police ruled his death homicide by cutting.

Investigators are searching for 25-year-old Megan Hall.

The Empress Hotel owner James Brooks says the pair checked in around 2:15 a.m.

Video surveillance shows Hall coming out alone around 4 a.m., he said.

"They walked back to the balcony here to have a cigarette and then walked back down to the room. The video clearly shows her leaving the room by herself." Brooks said.

Court documents show Hall is from Tennessee and has a rap sheet which includes pleading guilty to prostitution.

"It's hard to understand it, his wife was with him in New Orleans," longtime friend and CEO of the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Robert Carl said.

Carl says the family has been an asset to the local business community.

Founded in 1913 by Frank J. Murphy, who traveled door to door fixing school house clocks, Murphy Jewelers has been a Schuylkill County fixture for more than a century. It has locations in Berks and Lehigh counties.

Patrick took over the business in 1974.

"He also understands there is a corporate responsibility for an outreach to the community. He was very actively involved in benevolent type causes." Carl said.

The causes included his Soup-er-Bowl canned goods drive and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Carl said Murphy's death doesn't add up.

"I believe the reputation of him as a person is worthy of letting the story be told in its completion," he said.

Murphy is survived by his wife, and his two grown kids.

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