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Jul 10, 2014

Davee Copius Is Disemboweled Then Dumped In Sewer Pond Behind Dike

Davee Copius

Hours before the murder of Duane Hilton, police made a gruesome discovery. A body was found floating in an open sewer lagoon, it was horribly gutted and already decomposing. The identity of the body could not be immediately determined but police can now confirm it is Davee Copius of Jane Usher Boulevard. His mother says she believes he was lured to his death by someone he knew. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

On Tuesday afternoon, a stone’s throw away from where Dwayne Hilton would later be executed, police discovered the lifeless body of Davee Copius.  The twenty-nine-year-old had been dispatched in a most unusual and cruel manner.  Whoever killed Copius had disemboweled him and dumped his remains into a sewage pond in an area behind Fabers Road known as Dike.


Debbie Copius, Mother of Deceased

Debbie Copius

“I have no idea what led to his death, I really don’t because I don’t know [that] he had any conflict with anyone, not that I know about.  I don’t know.”


Isani Cayetano

“How did you find out that this body that was recovered from the Dyke area was indeed your son?”


Debbie Copius

“Well the identity and the way ah how dehn describe I said that’s the description of my son.”

Copius was last seen by his family on Monday.  When police arrived at the scene of the discovery he was already in a partial state of decomposition.  Without an identity at that moment, an autopsy was performed on site before burying his corpse.


ASP Calbert Flowers, Acting O.C., Raccoon Street Police

“The investigation commenced, we have now identified the body as Davee Copius, a resident of the Jane Usher Boulevard area; however, due to the state of decomposition we had to bury the body yesterday before we actually learned the name of the individual.  But so far we have spoken to his family who last saw him alive sometime on Monday evening.  So our investigation has begun from there.”


Copius’ mother believes that her son may have been drawn in to area where he was sadistically dispensed with.


Debbie Copius

“To my belief, I guess he was lured there by someone whom he knew because he wouldn’t go with no one whom he didn’t know.When the policeman Grinage called, called me about after eleven and he come and he asked me for a picture or if I had a picture and he talked to me and everything and I gave them, I told him yes, the only picture I had is a voter’s id.  So he asked me about the boy and I told him he had on a jeans pants, a red and black Jordan tennis, a Citizen watch and a black and green beads on his hand.  So he said, “Are you sure?”  I said yes, the only thing I didn’t know about was the tattoo.  I said, but everything else that’s his description.  So now when I showed him the picture, the young lady that does the write-up, she looked at it and said this is the description of the same person.  So I asked, “Did you take any photo of him?”  She said yes, so when I went to the hospital and I went and I looked at the thing and I confirmed it that yes, that’s his body.”


As for a motive, police are stumped as to who killed Copius and why.


ASP Calbert Flowers

ASP Calbert Flowers

“There is no lead in this latest homicide.  There is no lead whatsoever and we are asking the assistance of the public.  Anyone with information can contact us.So far we have nothing to indicate the reason why anyone would want to kill this individual.  We are still in the process of recording statements and interviewing people and hopefully we can come up with a motive.  So far there is nothing telling us why this person was killed.”


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.


Police are following several leads including a theory that Copius may have been murdered because he may have frequented the Dike area used to stash drugs and firearms.


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