FALMOUTH — Eli Perry, the son of a Mashpee man found dead in Plymouth on Dec. 18, was back in court Thursday, facing a new motor vehicle charge.
Perry, 37, pleaded not guilty in Falmouth District Court to a charge of use of a motor vehicle without authority, according to court documents. He was ordered held on $2,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 12.
Perry’s father, 64-year-old Raymond Perry, was reported missing Dec. 1; friends and family said they had last seen him Nov. 26. As part of their investigation into his disappearance, state police detectives viewed surveillance video of Eli Perry operating a truck that belonged to the owner of Little River Boat Yard in Mashpee at around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 3:30 a.m. Nov. 27, according to a police report. He was seen returning the truck to the boatyard at around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 27, the report says.
Boatyard owner Jonathan Burtis told police that Eli Perry was a former employee who knew where the keys to the truck were kept, but that he was not allowed to use the vehicle, the report says.
State police pulled Perry over in Plymouth on Dec. 6, and troopers found a revolver wrapped in a white rag under the driver’s seat, according to a police report. He pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to charges of carrying a firearm without a license, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a number plate violation, according to court documents, and has been held on those charges since.
Raymond Perry’s death was ruled a homicide after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined it was the result of “blunt force trauma to the head” and “cutting wounds to the neck,” according to a statement from the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.
Judge Christopher Welch, who presided over Eli Perry’s arraignment in the Falmouth court, also on Thursday extended the impoundment of search warrant materials related to the homicide investigation.