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Deputies ask for help solving 2010 cold case

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James "Bunk" Carver (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) James "Bunk" Carver (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office said one of the most brutal murder cases they've investigated is still unsolved, over two years after it happened.

James "Bunk" Carver, 82, was brutally beaten to death in his house sometime between May 11 and May 13 of 2010, Jimmy Watt of the sheriff's office said.

The body of Carver was found in the bathroom, but Watt said evidence was found in the kitchen of the house as well.

"It was probably one of the worst beatings and one of the most brutal beatings I've seen since I have been in this job," according to Greg Reed, Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

Reed said investigators believed the attack and murder was personal and the victim probably knew the assailant(s).

"He opened the door. According to all accounts, he kept the door locked," according to Captain Reed. "No one could just walk into the house and he opened the door and let in whoever committed this crime."

Investigators also believe robbery could have been a motive, as something appeared to have been taken from under the victim's bed, Reed said.

Deputies said there have been persons of interest in the case, but they have not had enough probable cause to arrest anyone.

The murder happened on James Carver Road in Seneca off of Highway 59, Watt said.

If you have any information about the homicide of James Carver, please contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to 274637.

The sheriff's office said a $2,000 reward is being offered if a tip leads to an arrest.

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