Victim's Hometown Reacts to Fatal I-81 Shooting as Investigators Continue Search for Suspect

Victim's Hometown Reacts to Fatal I-81 Shooting as Investigators Continue Search for Suspect

A joint task force including Maryland and Pennsylvania State Police, Carroll Township Police, and the FBI are trying to confirm a possible connection between a shooting in York County and the I-81 murder in Franklin County.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.— Many unanswered questions still remain in the I-81 homicide case that has stunned surrounding communities and 28-year-old Timothy Davison's hometown in Poland, Maine.

"I knew who it was and I just couldn't believe it,” said Poland Deputy Clerk Linda Carey, who knew Davison. “It must have been terrifying for him to be driving like that and having somebody chase him and be one the phone."

A joint task force including Maryland and Pennsylvania State Police, Carroll Township Police, and the FBI will now try to confirm a possible connection between a shooting in York County and the I-81 murder in Franklin County.

"This incident is so random and so obscure that we have to look at both cases and think that they're related until we find a reason otherwise," said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robert Hicks.

There are similarities in both cases. The first happened on North York Road in Monaghan Township Friday evening. In this incident, Carroll Township Police say and un known individual, driving recklessly in a black pickup truck fired three shots at a vehicle, one of the bullets almost striking the driver's head.

Although no one was hurt in the shooting, Davison was not as lucky. Police say he was rammed off the interstate and killed just moments after he told 911 dispatchers that he was being followed and shot at by the driver of a dark colored pick up truck.

The vehicle descriptions in both cases are similar, so a key part of the investigation is analyzing the gunshot damage and bullets used.

"If we can match the rounds used in both incidents, then that would give us better reason to believe that it is in fact linked,” said Hicks.

Authorities are urging people to be on the lookout for this dangerous suspect.

"It was still very deliberate, it was still very calculated, and it was still very violent,” said Hicks. “Due to the fact that we had a similar case with the same mode of operation, we are concerned that this individual could strike again."

Meanwhile those who knew Davison are mourning but say their memories of him are only positive.

"He was always upbeat and friendly and nice," said Poland Town Clerk Judith Akers, who knew Davison.

Davison, also known to friends and family as “Asti,” attended Poland Regional High School. The school released this statement Tuesday:

Asti (the A is pronounced like the beginning of the name Austin) is how teachers and others here at PRHS knew Timothy Davison.  He is remembered by staff here as a very loyal friend, a young man with a great sense of humor, and just a general "wicked nice young person."  He was gentle, easy going and always had a smile.  Those who knew him here are very sad to know that he is gone and that he was killed in such a violent manner.  Those circumstances do not match the awesome kid that many here remember and still loved.”

Investigators believe the suspect's vehicle is a small, dark colored pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger. It should have some damage on the driver's side.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Solvers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

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