Clues at one death scene suggest another body

Sanjay "Sam" Patel

Sanjay "Sam" Patel

A missing liquor store owner is now believed to be dead, based on evidence linked to another body discovered in a Bartlett home last Tuesday, according to Bartlett Police.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Marcus Perry’s brother found him dead of a gunshot wound in his home at 9005 Pembroke Ellis in Bartlett. A forensic analysis of his cell phone provided persuasive evidence that led officers to believe liquor store owner Sanjay “Sam” Patel is also dead. A search of the home uncovered more substantiating evidence.

Patel was last seen on Oct. 3 around 10:30 p.m. getting into a black truck, possibly a black Ford F150, leaving the Five Star Liquor and Wine, 2821 N Houston Levee Road, Cordova. His son reportedly said his father was seen on surveillance video with Perry, whose home is a few miles from the store.

Perry’s body was found face down, and he was holding a handgun pointed to his head.

There is no evidence at this time on the location of Patel’s body. His family members have been notified of this development.