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This story was corrected at 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 24. An explanation follows the story.

A Silver Spring man found dead in his home Thursday has become Montgomery County’s seventh homicide this year.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Montgomery County police responded to a call for a home in the 2000 block of Hanover Street in Silver Spring. According to police, a co-worker had gone to the home to check on 65-year-old Phillip F. Welsh, Jr. after he failed to come to work that day.

Welsh was a Barwood taxi dispatcher, according to a statement from the Kensington-based company.

“A veteran employee, Phil, as we called him, started working for Barwood in 1971, and was loved by all employees,” according to the statement.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled Welsh’s death a homicide, but could not comment on the circumstances surrounding Welsh’s death.

There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 14 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police, The Gazette previously reported. Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti said there have now been seven homicides in the county this year.

Police have not yet identified any suspects.

Correction: Innocenti previously stated there had been eight homicides in Montgomery County.

scarignan@gazette.net