Person of interest wanted in suspicious death investigation

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SWANSEA, IL (KTVI) - The Major Case Squad is investigating a suspicious death in Swansea.  It started around 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, when Swansea police arrived at 237 Mimosa Avenue for a wellness check.  A friend had called the police, concerned they hadn’t heard from the man who lives in this house.

When police entered the home, they found 61 year-old David Daughtrey dead. The Major Case Squad was activated around 5:45pm, which added nine investigators to help solve the case.

At this point, there is a person of interest: Daughtrey’s 36 year-old son, Jarad Daughtrey. Investigators say he lived in the Mimosa Avenue home with his father.

Now, police want your help finding him. He’s believed to be driving his father’s black Chrysler Town and Country, with Illinois license plate number W280371, and handicapped/military tags.

It’s not known whether Daughtrey has any weapons, but he did make recent comments about committing suicide. It’s also possible he has a criminal record.

Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold says, “Yes, looking for Jarad, hoping that he has some information that can assist us in this investigation, and if anybody else has anything, whether they think it's minute or not, we'd appreciate a phone call.”

If you have any information, you can call Swansea Police at 618-233-8114, or the Major Case Squad at 618-234-3291.

The autopsy will be conducted in Belleville Wednesday morning.  Police are treating this as a homicide until the coroner determines the cause of death.

Right now there aren’t any other persons of interest or suspects.