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Warrants: Upstate man beat victim to death with steel pipe, stole truck

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Joshua Caleb Ellis (Source: SCSO) Joshua Caleb Ellis (Source: SCSO)
Death investigation underway at home on Tool Road (FOX Carolina/ 6/25/17) Death investigation underway at home on Tool Road (FOX Carolina/ 6/25/17)
Death investigation underway at home on Tool Road (FOX Carolina/ 6/25/17) Death investigation underway at home on Tool Road (FOX Carolina/ 6/25/17)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said a suspect has been charged after a man was found dead in his home on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, a deputy on routine patrol observed an unoccupied vehicle parked at Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens on Highway 9. The vehicle was registered to 67-year-old Boyce William Pye, who was later found dead in his home.

After happening upon the victim's vehicle, deputies said they began making efforts to locate the Pye. When they went to his home, they were unable to get anyone to answer the door.

During the investigation, deputies said they made contact with 28-year-old Joshua Caleb Ellis, also of Tool Road in Boiling Springs. Deputies said after making contact with Ellis and after hearing his statement, they returned to the victim's home and and forced entry.

Inside, they found Pye dead with extensive injuries on his bedroom floor, according to the coroner. An autopsy revealed his cause of death as open head trauma from blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Deputies said Ellis was then arrested and charged in connection with Pye's death. According to the incident report. deputies determined through collected evidence and statements from Ellis that he was responsible for Pye's death and had taken property from Pye after his death.

Arrest warrants state Ellis caused Pye's death by beating him over the head with a steel pipe, and subsequently stole Pye's truck.

Ellis is charged with armed robbery and murder.

He is currently being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center and was denied bond at a hearing Monday morning.

The victim's daughter spoke at the hearing, and said Ellis had promised to look after Pye.

“I hope that picture sticks in your mind until the day that you die, of what you did to another human being," she said. “You left him in a condition that I have to have a crime scene cleanup crew to clean up so I can actually go in his home."

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