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Man arrested in Accomack County for 2016 murder

The murder happened in June of 2016 near Davis Wharf Road.
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ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. — A man from Painter has been arrested in connection to a June 2016 murder near Davis Wharf Road on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Office said 58-year-old Joseph Tykot was taken into custody on Friday for the murder of Eric Clifford Rhatigan. 

Rhatigan was found dead in a field near Davis Wharf Road and taken to a medical examiner. His death was ruled a homicide.

Now, more than five years later, deputies have arrested Tykot and charged him with second-degree murder. 

Officials said an investigation is still ongoing and are asking anyone with any additional information to contact the sheriff's office at 757-787-1131. 

You can also submit a tip on the Accomack County Sheriff's Office website.