Archive for Saturday, May 25, 2002

Missing airman’s body found; suspect arrested

May 25, 2002


— Authorities found the body of a missing Kansas airman Friday after talking to a Guthrie man who was arrested in the slaying.

Master Sgt. Darren Nelson, 35, was discovered east of Guthrie, about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said Kym Koch, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Officers found Nelson's body after talking to Travis Ray Davis, 28.

Koch said Davis was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Shamrock, Tex., where his car had broken down. Koch said Davis apparently had been trying to drive to California.

Davis waived extradition and was being returned to Logan County Friday night. He faces a charge of first-degree murder, as well as a charge of false declaration of a pawn ticket after someone tried to buy fishing equipment with Nelson's credit card, Koch said.

Investigators haven't determined a motive, cause of death or relationship between the suspect and the victim, Koch said.

Nelson was last seen a week ago when he left McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., for a trip to Oklahoma City. Friends say Nelson never arrived.

His car was found Wednesday in Guthrie.

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