LOUISA –The parents of a murdered 23-year-old Powhatan County man whose body was recently discovered in Louisa County described their son as an outgoing, adventurous young man who loved his family and friends.
Terell Jordan Bailey, 23, of Powhatan was reported missing by his parents two days before his body was discovered on a desolate country road in Louisa County on Saturday, June 22, Major Donald Lowe with the Louisa Sheriff’s Office said in a press briefing on Monday, July 1. Authorities believe his body had lain there for three to four days before being found.
The sheriff’s offices in Louisa and Powhatan counties worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force to develop a suspect, Anthony Johnny Davenport, 25, of Powhatan, Lowe said. Davenport had been a roommate of Terell Bailey since he moved to Powhatan a few months ago.
Davenport was arrested without incident on Thursday, June 27 in Poughkeepsie, New York, and is expected to be extradited to Powhatan County on July 15 on charges of felony malicious wounding and robbery in a separate case, Lowe said. A felony murder charge is forthcoming in Louisa County after Davenport is back in Virginia, he said.
The malicious wounding and robbery charges stem from a case that began earlier in the month, on June 11, when a third male roommate filed a police report in Powhatan against Davenport, according to Rob Cerullo, deputy commonwealth’s attorney. The man told deputies that two days earlier, Davenport had accused him of stealing from him, beat him badly enough to break a tooth, searched his pockets and “took the only money he had on him, which was $15.”
As part of the investigation, Powhatan authorities wanted to talk to everyone who lived in the house in the 2100 block of Mountain View Road and scheduled an interview with Terell Bailey, Cerullo said. However, Bailey never showed up for the interview.
“A lot of times people will set up an interview and not show up, but then he was reported missing and we got concerned and started that investigation,” he said.
Tracy Bailey, the victim’s father, reported his son missing on June 20 after he had failed to respond to calls and texts from his family. Tracy Bailey and his wife, Tiffany, attended the press briefing and talked about their mounting worries when they didn’t hear from their son, who was good about replying, they said.
“Everybody that has kids knows that they eat and sleep with their phones. He keeps it with him all the time. That was just out of the ordinary,” Tracy Bailey said.
Tiffany Bailey agreed that her son wasn’t the type to ignore his texts. She said she held out hope until her son’s boss at a local landscaping company told her he hadn’t picked up his paycheck that Friday.
“When that didn’t happen, that is when I became scared and saying something is definitely wrong,” she said.
Terell Bailey’s body was discovered on June 22 on E. Green Springs Road by a private citizen working for a local homeowner. It was determined later that day that he might have been the person reported missing from Powhatan, Lowe said. He was later positively identified. Lowe declined to say how Terell Bailey was killed.
Davenport was tracked to the home of a family member in New York and arrested by the New York State Police’s tactical team, Lowe said.
He commended law enforcement agencies in Virginia and out of state for their collaboration on building the case and finding and arresting Davenport.
Authorities did not release any details of the investigation prior to July 1 while they sought to locate Davenport and gather evidence, Lowe said. Once the authorities developed a suspect and knew he was allegedly on the run, they needed time to track him, serve search warrants, and collect and preserve evidence to build a better case.
“We had a small window of opportunity to do this before the public knew about it and before evidence was destroyed and Mr. Davenport went into deeper hiding than he was. We actually wanted him to not know that (Terell) Bailey was discovered in Louisa County,” Lowe said.
Tiffany Bailey said on July 1 that the last 10 days had been incredibly difficult for her family, but to know that an arrest had been made brought them some measure of peace.
“It doesn’t bring him back but we know everybody worked really hard on his behalf and kindness and support the police department showed and everybody that was working with them and through them, we really appreciate it,” she said.
His mother described Terell Bailey as adventurous, outgoing young man whose “smile would light up any room.” His parents said he loved fishing, motorcycles, and football – especially the Dallas Cowboys. She also said he was non-confrontational and avoided drama and trouble.
“He was a hard worker. He loved his family, he loved his friends, and he didn’t deserve this. So if anybody knows any information that can help, we would really appreciate it,” she said.
As authorities continue to build a case against Davenport, Lowe said they are asking for any member of the public who has additional information to contact his office at 540-967-1234 or the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office at 804-598-5656.
In particular, authorities are looking for anyone who might have seen Davenport’s car, a gray 2003 Ford Taurus with possible damage to the front left side, in the area from June 17 to 20.
Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfarland@powhatantoday.com.