Missing man’s body found in wooded area in Plymouth

Authorities are investigating the death of a retired correctional officer from Mashpee as a homicide after his body was found with blunt force head trauma wounds and cuts on his neck.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office said in a Tuesday statement that Raymond Perry, 64, who was last seen around Dec. 1, was found in Plymouth near the town line with Carver.

The cause of death, according to a medical examiner, appears to be blunt force trauma to the head in combination with “cutting wounds to the neck.”


Mashpee police and State Police assigned to the DA’s office are investigating the incident.

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Perry’s son, Eli Perry, was arrested earlier this month on gun charges and is currently being held on those and other charges, according to police and published reports.

Mashpee police have arrested the younger Perry multiple times and are “very familiar with him,” Mashpee police Chief Scott Carline said in a telephone interview.

State Police arrested Eli Perry in November 2016 on charges of drug possession, drugged driving, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to state records. The resolution of that case wasn’t immediately available.

On Dec. 13, State Police arrested Eli Perry again after a traffic stop in Plymouth, when troopers seized an unlicensed firearm wrapped in a white rag under the driver’s seat of his truck, according to a Cape Cod Times report.


Eli Perry was arraigned last week in Plymouth District Court on charges of possession of a firearm, operating with a suspended or revoked license, and a license plate violation, according to District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office.

Travis Andersen of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.