For the first time, we are getting an inside look into a high profile Richmond murder case. One detective investigating the killing of convenience store-owner Paresh Patel talked only with NBC12.
There's still a lot police don't want to release about this investigation. Seven months to the day Patel was taken from the Raceway gas station, we followed the lead detective along a trail that spans jurisdictions.
It's a case that's drawn publicity, questions and speculation. Police have been tight-lipped about their investigation up until now.
"On September 16th, 2012, Paresh Patel was abducted from here in front of the Raceway in the early morning hours," Detective Victoria Griffith-Matko described.
It was around six o'clock in the morning when Patel was about to open his Raceway store. We've learned it was a task he alone would do almost every day at roughly the same time and one that would be visible to anyone watching.
"He was abducted from the outside of the store," Matko explained. "He never opened the store."
The big question is what happened during the chunk of time when Paresh Patel was abducted from the Raceway and when he was found off the slave trail at Anncarrows Landing in Richmond.
We went with Detective Matko to that scene. She didn't want to release exactly what condition the body was found in, but the medical examiner confirms Patel had multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
The Richmond Police veteran said they haven't determined if Patel was killed at that scene or if his body was just dumped there.
Authorities did a traffic checkpoint, asking for information on the case. They've handed out hundreds of fliers. Still, there's still a lot investigators from the city, county and FBI don't know. They're hoping for help.
"Every avenue has to be investigated and with the pubilc's help, hopefully we can cut some of those avenues into a conclusion about exactly what happened to Mr. Patel and the reasons why," Matko added.
Patel's family did not want to be interviewed for our story. Detective Matko says they are holding together, but because Patel was involved in many aspects of the community, it is hard on them in many different parts of their lives.
If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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