Chambers County Sheriff’s Dept. still searching for fugitive on the run since 1985
The search for a fugitive on the run for nearly 30 years has not been abandoned according to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department.
Last week, as part of their “Most Wanted” video feature on Facebook, the Sheriff’s Department provided the most up-to-date information on David Anthony Pike, who was indicted in the 1985 beating and shooting death of Calvin Lee Irwin. The video featured a computer-generated image of Pike, who would now be 53 years old.
Pike was arrested and charged with Irwin’s murder in 1985, but was released on bond and fled Chambers County. He was last seen in Opelika, at which time he was 24 years old.
Sheriff Sid Lockhart said officials have never forgotten about the case and that several tips have been investigated but have proved fruitless.
According to the video, Pike may be living in the state of Michigan, though Lockhart said that he might be in Canada.
Authorities say Pike and another man robbed Irwin and then shot and beat him to death after the trio had spent several hours together on June 21, 1985. Irwin’s body was later found in a roadside ditch.
An article in the June 26, 1985 edition of The LaFayette Sun outlined the incident:
According to investigator Lewis Hammock of the Chambers County Sheriff’s department, Irvin’s body was spotted by a passing motorist around 9 am Saturday (June 22). He said the dirt road is known to lawmen as the dirt extension of the Phillips Road, and is located across the intersection of County Hwy 50 and Providence Road.
Hammock said it appeared that the victim had been struck with a blast from a shotgun.
He said the body was clad in blue jeans, a t-shirt and heavy white socks, but no shoes. He said there was no wallet on the body and that the only jewelry on the body was a ring.
Hammock estimated that the shooting took place on Friday night (June 21).
Chambers County Coroner Dave Collier said over the weekend a positive identification of the body was made by the victim’s brother Willie Irvin after lawmen from the area police departments were asked to view the body in hopes someone would know the man, and that this approach worked.
According to Chambers County Sheriff James Morgan, the body was sent to the state crime lab in Montgomery for investigation, fingerprinting and tests.
The Sheriff said the wounds were in the front upper shoulder and the small of the back.
Morgan said the murder apparently did not occur on the road, but that the body may have been dumped from a vehicle.
The Coroner said he pronounced Irvin dead at 12:56 am EST Saturday and that he has ruled the Irvin died “as a result of a gunshot wound.”
The article further stated that King Albert Mayes of Valley, who was 19 at the time, was arrested and charged with Irvin’s murder. Pike was later arrested and charged with Irvin’s murder as well.
Both men were held on $50,000 bond in 1985.
Pike fled after posting bond, but according to Lockhart, Mayes pled guilty and was sentenced to jail. He has since completed his sentence and been released.
The state of Alabama is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Pike’s arrest. Pike appeared on an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” on Sept. 28, 2002.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety website, Pike has tattoos of a cross on his upper left arm and scars on his right and left knees. He is known to wear a bullhorn type necklace, and he may go by the names Phillip, Anthony or Wayne.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chambers County Sheriff Sgt. Terry Wood or Sgt. Shannon Rollins at 334-864-4333 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-76-8282 or 334-756-8200.