UNION — An autopsy performed on the body of a Union man found dead near his home last week has determined that his death was the result of “blunt force trauma.”
The lifeless body of Raymond Davis, 61, was found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area near his home at 902 Union Blvd., Union. The Union Public Safety Department had been searching for Davis since Tuesday night after a relative concerned about his welfare reported him missing. The relative and Public Safety officers went to Davis’ home where during the ensuing search the possibility of foul play began to be suspected.
In a press release announcing the discovery of Davis’ body, the Public Safety Department stated that foul play appeared to be a factor in his death.
After Davis’ body was recovered, Union County Coroner William Holcombe scheduled an autopsy to be performed on it in Newberry.
Holcombe announced the results this past weekend, stating that the autopsy, which was performed by Newberry Pathology Associates, had determined Davis’ cause of death to be related to blunt force trauma.
When the Public Safety Department began searching for Davis, it named his step-son, Travelle Lamar Burros, 41, also of 902 Union Blvd., Union, to be a person of interest and began searching for him as well. Burros had been named a person of interest because when they reported Davis’ disappearance, his relative said they were concerned about his welfare because of a report that he’d been in an argument with his step-son.
Burros was taken into custody Thursday by the Public Safety Department with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He was then charged with murder and has been held in the Union County Jail since that time.
On Monday, an arrest warrant released by the Public Safety Department stated that Burros “did, with malice aforethought, strike Raymond Davis in the back of the head with a blunt object and did strike Raymond Davis in the neck with a sharp object” while at their residence.