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Man suspected of Park Avenue stabbing, break-ins found dead, cause unknown

The Wilmington Police Department provided an update Thursday on a Dec. 13 homicide case. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON ⁠— The Wilmington Police Department is awaiting an autopsy report after a murder suspect was found last week dead and nude in the woods behind a mobile home park on Greenville Loop Road.

Roughly 36 hours before his body was discovered, Elijah Keever, 23, allegedly broke into a home, stabbed a dog to death, then proceeded to kill a 62-year-old man. Keever is also accused of breaking into a business before stripping his clothes and streaking along Oleander Drive, police reported.

On Dec. 13, just before 10 p.m., Randy Davis was stabbed near the 5700 block of Park Avenue. Wilmington Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene and found Davis suffering from his wounds.

The victim was rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Room via ambulance, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he later died from the injuries.

According to a WPD news release, officers tracked down witnesses quickly and identified Keever as the suspect by morning. They also discovered the two break-ins had occurred around the same time as the stabbing.

Police believe Keever is responsible for one break-in in the 100 block of Hinton Avenue, where the dog was found stabbed to death. It is suspected Keever encountered Davis after he left the residence.

After Keever allegedly fled the murder scene, he is accused of breaking into a business in the 100 block of Sebrell Avenue.

According to police, Keever “at some point” removed his clothes and ran across Oleander Drive. A witness flagged down additional officers to report the sighting.

With K-9s, officers attempted to find the “naked man” but were unsuccessful. Detectives were reportedly typing warrants for Keever when police received a call about a nude male body in the woods between Oleander Drive and Greenville Village Mobile Home Park.

Officers and detectives identified the deceased subject as Keever once on scene. According to WPD’s death investigation report, it was Dec. 15, the next day, around 9:45 a.m. when the body was discovered.

The cause of the death is yet to be determined. WPD is awaiting toxicology reports.

“If Keever had not died in the wooded area, he would have been arrested and gone to trial for First Degree Murder of Randy Davis,” according to a WPD news release. “WPD does not believe that residents in the area have anything to fear, as this incident most probably concluded on the same night as the murder.”

According to police records, Keever overdosed in December of last year in the 5000 block of Wrightsville Avenue.


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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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