Daphne Murder Investigation Underway

Daphne Murder Investigation Underway

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DAPHNE, Alabama -

A car Daphne police had only seen in surveillance video is now in police custody. It is believed to have been stolen after the cars owner, Bernard Volcheck, was murdered. "We suspect whoever killed Mr. Volcheck was in that car," says police Lt. Judd Beedy.

A cleaning crew making their normal rounds at the Eastern Shore Motel discovered the crime says Beedy, "they walked in and found Mr. Volcheck passed away in the room."

Nothing pointed to murder right away. "At the time," says Beedy, "we weren't really sure what Mr. Volcheck died from. There was an autopsy this morning and we were informed that it was going to be a homicide."

Police had very little to go on but just before two o'clock Friday afternoon, Volcheck's white, Chevy Impala was found in a Daphne neighborhood. Investigators are now searching for any clues.

Volcheck had arrived in Daphne on Wednesday evening. He was here on a business trip from Mt. Hermon, Louisiana and had planned to spend the next ten days here working.

"He's not a photographer but he works for a photography company. They were doing some contract business here in town. He's from Louisiana he came into town on Wednesday, checked into his hotel room, ran a few errands."

Police say Volcheck was traveling alone and never made contact with a co-worker before he was killed.

The recovery of the car is a big step in the homicide investigation that investigators say is moving very rapidly.

This is the first murder in Daphne since 2011.

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