Detectives arrest man in killing of NORPAC Foods worker - KPTV - FOX 12

Detectives arrest man in killing of NORPAC Foods worker

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Salem police have arrested a Keizer man in connection with the murder of Eric P. Davis. 

FOX 12 has confirmed Farouk A. Eldabaa, 44, was taken into custody late Wednesday evening. 

Detectives would not say how they were tipped off to Eldabaa.

Detectives began their investigation after Davis was found dead in the NORPAC Foods plant parking lot Wednesday morning.

Employees arriving at the plant on Madrona Avenue Southeast found his body at 5 a.m.

"We don't have a lot of homicides in Salem, so it's a little bit of a shock, and for it to happen in a workplace parking lot seems a little unusual," said Ron Gleason, who works a nearby business.

The initial report said the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound, but police wouldn't confirm that information.

FOX 12 has learned Davis was a leader of the Living Hope City Church in Dallas. Many members gathered at the church Wednesday night after learning about his death.

"Eric was always there to make sure things were safe, that the kids were safe, and he had a really good heart," said church member Carol Strauss. "We loved him dearly."

NORPAC Foods released a statement late Wednesday morning. It says:

"NORPAC Foods is deeply saddened and shocked by the apparent homicide of one of our longtime employees. Our thoughts and ongoing support are with this employee's family and close colleagues. NORPAC management is working closely with Salem Police to provide them with full access to any information they need to investigate and solve this crime."

Fox 12 learned that Davis was a registered sex offender in Polk County for crimes he committed in the early 1990s.

Strauss said church members were aware of his criminal history but that he was a changed man. Strauss added that she can't imagine why anyone would want to hurt him. 

"He had an awesome sense of the Lord, and his heart was really good. I know he had a past, we all do, but he loved the Lord enough to share that with us," said Strauss. "He was a funny, awesome guy, and we're really going to miss him."

An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday afternoon to determine how Davis was killed.

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