As authorities proceed to analyze the dying of former longtime Bay Space broadcaster Ray Taliaferro, his son has employed a non-public investigator to assemble extra details about the case and his father’s widow.
Raphael Taliaferro Jr. mentioned he desires to understand how his father ended up useless in a wooded space of Paducah, Kentucky weeks after he was reported lacking in close by Massac County, Illinois, and the way native authorities dealt with the investigation.
His non-public eye is making an attempt to acquire surveillance video from the world the place his father’s physique was discovered and is digging up some details about Charlotte Crawford, the lady Taliaferro married in June and was with in Southern Illinois when he went lacking.
“I simply needed him to run a full background verify on her, see precisely the place she’s from, discuss to folks that she is aware of….and see what sort of particular person she is,” Taliaferro Jr. mentioned in an interview. He mentioned he solely discovered about Taliaferro and Crawford’s marriage when contacted by regulation enforcement relating to Taliaferro’s disappearance.
Crawford and Taliaferro, 79, have been visiting the city of Brookport, Illinois, on Nov. 10 to take a look at a property she had inherited. Simply earlier than they have been set to depart the property collectively in a rental automotive, Crawford went to verify on a window on the rear of the house.
Authorities mentioned she instructed investigators that when she returned to the entrance of the house, the automotive and Taliaferro have been gone.
Taliaferro Jr. mentioned he believes his father was affected by dementia, and Crawford taking him to a spot he was unfamiliar with might have “disoriented and agitated” him and “despatched him into an episode” that made him depart her and turn into misplaced.
Taliaferro Jr. mentioned buddies, colleagues and acquaintances of his father instructed him Taliaferro had been exhibiting apparent indicators of dementia over the previous a number of years.
It’s unclear whether or not Taliaferro was ever recognized with a reminiscence dysfunction. Authorities in Kentucky wouldn’t share particulars of the lively dying investigation, together with whether or not an post-mortem carried out on his physique revealed indicators of dementia.
“We’re ready on closing stories from the medical expert’s workplace and we might be ready a couple of extra weeks,” Paducah assistant police chief chief Brian Laird mentioned Monday.
Paducah police mentioned in a earlier press launch that preliminary post-mortem outcomes point out foul play didn’t seem like a consider Taliaferro’s dying, however “publicity to the weather” might have been.
McCracken County Coroner Dan Sims and investigators from his workplace haven’t returned a number of calls from this information group looking for additional details about the post-mortem and investigation.
Later within the afternoon of the Nov. 10 day he was reported lacking, Taliaferro was seen in Paducah, which is only a quick drive throughout the Ohio River from Brookport, Illinois.
He spoke with staff of native companies and eating places in Paducah, in line with authorities. A few of these folks mentioned in interviews with this information group they have been involved about Taliaferro’s psychological state as a result of he repeatedly launched himself and appeared forgetful.
On Nov. 16, authorities discovered the rental automotive he and his spouse had been utilizing after staff of the financial institution Taliaferro had visited on Nov. 10 seen it parked outdoors the subsequent week and known as police. Investigators discovered Taliaferro’s cellphone within the automotive.
His physique was discovered by two youngsters close to an area sports activities stadium on Dec. 2, a few mile from the place he was final seen.
Crawford didn’t instantly return calls and a textual content message looking for remark for this story, however via a spokesperson she gave an announcement.
“We’re all so saddened on the lack of my beloved Ray and hope that every one his family and friends can come collectively to honor the person and the legacy of an important pioneer,” the assertion says.
Taliaferro Jr. mentioned his household is planning a memorial service for his father, however a date hasn’t been set but. Crawford’s spokesperson mentioned she can also be planning a memorial in San Francisco for someday after the vacations.