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Body shops on the look-out for truck in I-81 shooting

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 12:27 PM CST
Reported by: Ewa Roman

CARLISLE -- At Phil’s Body Shop in Dauphin County, workers are on high alert.
Wednesday, investigators released even more details about a truck they're looking for,  which was involved in a homicide on Interstate 81 in Franklin County last month.

That's when Timothy Davison's car was forced off the highway and a driver of a Ford Ranger shot and killed him.

By examining the paint that transferred onto Davison’s vehicle, police say they now know they're looking for 1993-1997 dark lapis blue Ford Ranger pickup. It would have major damage to the driver's side.

Phil’s Body Shop owner Wally Carper usually gets calls from local police about hit and runs, so he thought it was strange he didn't get a call about this case.

“No, they didn't contact me. I did not get any contact from state police or any other department on this vehicle,” Carper said.

Carper says he found out about the new truck description by watching CBS 21 News.

"I mean, if it rolled in here and I had no idea about this story, if I wouldn't have seen it on TV, yes, it would probably get fixed and no one would ever know," Carper said.

We contacted state police, because we wanted to know how they get the word out to body shop owners. They tell us that they rely on media, adding there are simply too many body shops to call.

"If I did know it was them (suspect’s truck), I would probably go in the other room and just call the police,” Carper said.

Other new information State Police released today was part of the 911 call.

Dispatcher: "Were you the one who called about the Ford Ranger, right?
Davison:  Yeah yeah, the one that just hit me. 
Dispatcher: What do you mean they hit you, hit you with a car?
Davison: Yeah, smashed me with a car pushed me across the median."

Davison’s mother also utilizing media today to call for help in finding her son's killer.

"So we know there are people that actually saw the incident northbound and southbound, and if they could just call and say anything that might help us,” Theresa Allocca, Davison’s mother, said.

Carper says he believes there should be something in the form of an Amber Alert for body shop owners when something like this happens, to help get the word out.
Body shops on the look-out for truck in I-81 shooting


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