No suspects, no leads in Centennial-area cold case one year later

Mark Daniel Davis was victim of ambush slaying near apartments

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The strange circumstances surrounding the death of Mark Daniel Davis aren't any closer to being illuminated than they were a year ago after his body was found near an apartment complex near central Centennial.

The incident authorities referred to as an ambush and “senseless murder” — as Investigator Kal Gatchis put it in a February news conference — has seen no suspects identified and no evidence found other than Davis' body and some spent shell casings.

Officials have conducted many interviews with many people since then, Gatchis, of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, said this month. Investigators have also reviewed videotape from nearby businesses.

The 48-year-old disabled man was found near the Centennial East Apartments in the 14400 block of East Fremont Avenue in unincorporated Arapahoe County on Jan. 18, 2019, according to the county coroner's office. He died of multiple gunshot wounds around 5:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

The father of six, a quiet man who walked with a cane, appears to have had “no enemies,” and nothing leads authorities to believe anyone “had it out for him” or that more than one person was involved, according to Gatchis last year. A year later, there's still nothing to suggest anyone had it out for Davis, she said.

He lived with some family members at the apartments and appears to have been walking to a bus stop at the time of the incident, according to Gatchis. Authorities still believe he was walking to the stop, but it's unknown where he intended to take the bus.

Davis was unemployed and on disability assistance, and the incident is not believed to be a robbery, according to Gatchis.

Authorities at the time canvassed surrounding businesses, a field to the north of the apartment complex and “a large majority” of buildings at the complex, interviewing residents, according to Gatchis.

Davis does not have a “significant” criminal history, and nothing in that history would be related to his death, Gatchis said.

The incident has not been linked to any other cases, Gatchis said.

Deputies initially responded to the area about 5:45 a.m. to a report of gunshots, according to Gatchis, but didn't find Davis at that time. The caller reached 911 after hearing what she believed were several gunshots and possibly someone making moaning sounds, according to the sheriff's office's newsletter. The woman didn't know where the shots came from other than the direction of warehouses near the apartment complex.

About 7:10 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive man lying on the ground in front of an apartment building, according to the sheriff's office. Davis was found wounded near a large tree, according to the newsletter. They also found several spent shell casings near the body, but no weapon.

The apartments sit in the area of East Arapahoe and South Jordan roads, just outside the city limits.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Gatchis at 720-874-3785 or kgatchis@arapahoegov.com.

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