Body found in Plymouth identified as missing Mashpee man; DA calls it a homicide

Facebook photo of Raymond Perry

PLYMOUTH – A body found in Plymouth Monday near the Carver line has been identified as Mashpee man missing since December 1.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the state medical examiner ruled that Raymond Perry, 64, suffered blunt trauma to the head and had cutting wounds to the neck.

O’Keefe labeled the death a homicide.

He said the investigation continues by Mashpee Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to his office.

Earlier in the day, O’Keefe said the body was discovered as part of a joint investigation by the Mashpee Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Plymouth Police Department.

The body was discovered near the Carver town line around 10 a.m. Monday. Cadaver dogs had been searching the area for a number of days.

“It’s an area of Plymouth, on the Carver side of Plymouth, that is very remote,” O’Keefe said. “There were reasons why we were there.”

Perry’s son, 37-year-old Eli Perry, was arrested by Plymouth police during a traffic stop in which officers say they found a gun in Perry’s truck.

The arrest came about a week after the elder Perry was reported missing.

Eli Perry pleaded not guilty to a charge of carrying a firearm without a license in Plymouth District Court on December 6.
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