Ray Taliaferro’s son searches for answers about his father’s death

Photo courtesy: Karl Mondon/The Mercury News

PADUCAH — It was a sad end to the search for famed San Francisco radio host Ray Teliaferro. He was found dead Sunday close to Brooks Stadium in Paducah.

Taliaferro has been missing since Nov. 10. His death leaves unanswered questions. His son, Raphael Taliaferro, traveled all the way from California to find answers about his father’s death.

“It’s really hard to imagine,” says Raphael.

Raphael is retracing the final footsteps his father took, trying to find anything that might help give him answers.

“I just had to see what was going on with my father. I wanted to speak with the Massac County Sheriff,” says Raphael.

It had been a while since Raphael last spoke with his father, but he says some of his father’s friends say he was showing signs of early dementia.

“He’s had friends that we have talked to, and they say ‘Yeah, yeah we’ve seen it setting in. We’ve seen it setting in,’ but did any of those guys suggest he needs to go have some help?” says Raphael.

Paducah Police Assistant Chief Brian Lair says, while it’s still too early to tell exactly what the cause of death is, Ray’s state of mind could have played a role leading up to his death.

“It was always the possibility that a medical condition played a role in his disappearance, in his death,” says Laird.

Raphael just wants to know why and how his father died.

“This isn’t how he should have died,” says Raphael.

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday, and police hope to have the preliminary results by the end of the day.

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