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Investigators Need New Leads to Solve 2010 Murder of James Carver

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New leads needed to solve 2010 Carver cold case New leads needed to solve 2010 Carver cold case

The Oconee County Sheriff Office profiled another unsolved case this week. Investigators said the death of James “Bunk” Carver is one of the most brutal cases that the Sheriff’s office has seen.

Carver was 82 years old and was murdered between May 11th and May 13th of 2010. He was found in his bathroom, badly beaten and bloody. The murder happened on James Carver Road in Seneca where 7 On Your Side found out he used to own property.

Investigators say Carver may have known the assailant or assailants because there was no sign someone forced their way in. Those who knew him said he wouldn’t open the door for just anyone. Blood and other evidence was found in the kitchen and leading into the bathroom.

“It was probably one of the worst beatings and one of the most brutal beatings I’ve seen since I have been in this job,” according to Greg Reed, Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released this information:

Captain Reed said that investigators believe that the beating was personal considering the severity of the beating and the feeling among investigators is that Mr. Carver knew his assailant(s) due to the fact that there was no forced entry into the home. Mr. Carver was beaten about the upper torso area and the head and investigators do believe that he was targeted.

“He opened the door. According to all accounts, he kept the door locked,” according to Captain Reed. “No one could just walk into the house and he opened the door and let in whoever committed this crime.”

Investigators believe robbery could be a possible motive in the crime as something appeared to have been taken out from under one of the beds, according to Captain Reed. There have been persons of interest in the case, but not enough probable cause to make an arrest. That is why the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to help solve the case.

Officers are using social media to get the word out and to have more people see these crimes. 7 On Your Side sat down with Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt, who showed us the reach of their posts on Facebook.

Watt posted the information about Carver’s death on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and in just over three hours the post had nearly 500 views. Watt said this is a great way to reach more people who may not normally see this case.

If you have any information on the unsolved homicide of James J. “Bunk” Carver, please call Crime Stoppers at 638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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