A gas station owner abducted in Chesterfield and found dead in Richmond was shot in the head, according to police sources.
Police still don't know exactly what happened to Paresh Patel and homicide detectives are still looking for the murder weapon.
The investigation spans two jurisdictions. Right now, Richmond is the lead agency because Patel's decomposed body was found at Ancarrow's Landing in the city. That might change once detectives figure out exactly where the gas station owner was killed.
Authorities from Richmond, Chesterfield and the FBI are meeting multiple times a week to piece together the evidence each has found. Sources say lots of moving parts are coming together.
Police don't have a motive as to why Patel was abducted shortly after he arrived at work on Jefferson Davis Highway on September 16, or what led to his death sometime in the four days following.
His family has told us a couple of weeks ago they are in shock and don't know who would want to hurt the owner of the Raceway station.
"I couldn't believe it," a relative said the night of a prayer service at Patel's place of worship. "I still could not believe it's Paresh they took and killed."
A memorial of a flower and a note addressed to Mrs. Patel is no longer at the station. The manager inside told us he was just filling in.
Customers describe the owner as funny and courteous.
"I thought about it when I went in there because I'm so used to seeing him in there and when you went in there you didn't see him," Howard Jackson said.
They took news of Thursday's developments personally.
"What causes people to react that way," Jackson asked. "I mean I know the economy is down but a person shoot a person in the head? That's low."
Patel was found about a week before he was supposed to go to trial in a business lawsuit. Documents show he was suing two people for almost $1 million. Chesterfield Police say they are aware of that lawsuit, but will not say if they've interviewed the defendants.
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