TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) -The autopsy report is in on an elderly Tuscumbia man who was beaten in his home August 28. The report confirms Elbert Davis died of severe head trauma.
The report also says Davis' manner of death was homicide.
Tuscumbia Police have few leads as they search for Davis' killer. The 88-year-old man died Wednesday, August 29 at Huntsville Hospital, making this a capital murder case.
Wednesday evening, police were still at the murder scene collecting evidence, more than 24 hours after someone found Davis inside his home.
Davis spent a lot of time at the Spring Creek Golf Course, and it’s there that friends remember Davis as a kind man.
“Nobody deserves this, but he sure didn't,” said Denise Province, Spring Creek Golf Course manager.
Province says Davis played golf at the course for at least the past 25 years.
“He played every day, every morning around 7 o’ clock, they come out there,” said Province. “I call them the ‘Wild Bunch’, there`s six of them usually,” said Province of Davis and his friends.
That “Wild Bunch” nickname was laced with friendly irony, because Province says Davis would help anybody in need.
“That`s why I`m puzzled, all they had to do whoever it was, was ask him for something,” said Province. “He would lend anybody anything.”
Police believe someone forced their way into Davis' home sometime Tuesday afternoon or evening and brutally beat him. Since Davis died from his injuries, this case has been upgraded to a capital murder investigation.
“I think they should get the ultimate, yes,” said Province. “This man never bothered anybody. He was in his own home and I think they should get the max.”
But before any charges can be pressed, police need help finding a suspect.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the Tuscumbia Police Department or to leave an anonymous tip, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tipline at 256-386-8685.