Father’s Day was the last time Jeff Davis had seen or heard from his son Jeff Hagler. When Hagler left Davis’ home at approximately 1:30 am, he had no idea that it would be the last Father’s Day they would spend together.
That following Monday, a photo had begun to make it’s rounds on social media. It was a picture of a white Buick with an arm of an African American man hanging out of the trunk. Several reports were made about the photo, but Facebook administrators dismissed the picture as a hoax. That’s how Jeff Davis would learn that his son was brutally murdered.
Police arrived on the scene after a 911 call was placed at approximately 10:30 am. By that time several other relatives had come across the photo through social media. It didn’t take long for them to recognize the car and the arm haphazardly dangling from it. Davis told Detroit’s Fox News affiliate
“It’s sad to find out your son you’ve just seen… and the next thing you know he is in the back of a car.”
Davis would later have confirmation from police that day that it had been his son, Jeff Hagler, inside of the trunk of his Buick. Hagler had been beaten and shot before being abandoned on the side of the street in Detroit, Michigan.
According to Hagler’s family, he had been brought in for drug charges in the past, but he had since cleaned up his life. He was a father of three children, with his youngest child only a few months old. Hagler was not known to hang out in the area his body had been discovered and his family believes that he may have been the target of a robbery.
Police are still continuing to investigate this case. Anyone with information can contact Detroit police at (313) 596-5200.