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Cold Case: Finding Michael Surber's killer

Police believe Surber was attacked at his home. (Photo source: WLOX News) Police believe Surber was attacked at his home. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Michael Surber, also known as "Biloxi Mike", was a top US pool player. 

Surber frequented Skeeters Billiards on Teagarden Rd. in Gulfport, owned by Ricky Dombrowski in 2013. 

"He was a casino employee, came from Vegas, but he was really a good pool player and he would come here on Tuesday's and play pool with the guys," Dombrowski said

But on November 10, 2013, Surber's body was discovered in his Ocean Springs home after he didn't show up for work. 

"Appears to be knife wounds to his body," noted Captain William Jackson.

Ocean Springs Police Captain William Jackson recently took on the cold case. Jackson says Surber was last seen inside of Skeeters on Nov. 9, talking to an unidentified man with a ponytail.

Dombrowski says he confronted the man when his credit card payment didn't go through.

"He was very suspicious, "stated Dombrowski. "He actually grabbed my arm....'Look I just need payment one way or another. Give me a check or give me another credit card, or just pay the girl in cash.'"

Dombrowski says the man complained loudly, saying he had good credit. That's when the owner noticed the man began talking to Surber. Dombrowski says the two left Skeeters together around 3:15 p.m.

Police say witnesses told them Surber was trying to help the man cash some checks, and the pair drove to Ocean Springs.

When Surber didn't show up for work, police went by his home on Linda Drive.

"We did send a patrol car by his house, "Captain Jackson said. "At that time, they looked around his home and didn't see anything out of the ordinary."

Later, Dombrowski and several others drove to Surber's home.

Dombrowki said, "As soon as we opened the window we could tell that he was laying on the floor, and that's when we called the Ocean Springs Police Department."

After surveillance video showed Surber and the man leaving Skeeters around 3 p.m., the man returned in Surber's car and parked it at a no parking zone. The video tape later shows the man leaving Skeeters at 6 p.m.

Captain Jackson says investigators discovered the credit card the man attempted to use at Skeeters was stolen.

"There were a couple of sightings of him in Georgia, different establishments around the Atlanta, Georgia area, "Captain Jackson said.

Jackson also says they have DNA evidence.

"We have blood samples that were taken from the crime scene," Jackson added. "Also, the victim was not a smoker. We do have a cigarette butt that should have DNA that has been submitted to a private lab here in Mississippi."

A framed picture of Mike Surber hangs in Skeeters. One customer says Surber's face will smile once the man with the ponytail is identified.

Anyone can identify the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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