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Slain man left in house for month in NSW

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Rebecca Chirichiello

A "quiet, gentle" man who was knifed to death was left undiscovered in his house for about a month.

NSW Police say 69-year-old man Chris Whiteley was violently stabbed in his Lithgow home soon after his last contact with family on August 7 and was only found around midnight on Wednesday last week.

Mr Whiteley's brother, Neil, joined police at a media conference to appeal to the public for help to find the murderer on Wednesday.

He said his brother kept to himself and had no enemies.

"Chris was a quiet, gentle man, who moved to Lithgow because he loved the peaceful community atmosphere," Neil Whiteley said.

"Our family have been greatly impacted by Chris's murder and we are calling on the community to provide police with information - no matter how small - to help them bring whoever is responsible to justice."

Police found Mr Whiteley's body at his Main Street home after concern was raised for his welfare. It was apparent he had been there for some time.

They say it was not immediately clear how Mr Whiteley had died and it took a post mortem examination on Monday to work out what happened.

"It was revealed that Mr Whiteley had suffered a number of stab wounds and met a violent death," Detective Inspector Rankin told reporters.

Fairfax media reported Mr Whiteley was a retired school teacher who moved from Riverwood in Sydney's west to enjoy the country lifestyle.

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