Police say a Davenport man was severely beaten, dumped in a ditch and left for dead. Twenty-year-old Anthony McFarland was discovered Thursday morning in a rural ditch in southwest Davenport. He’s in critical condition in Iowa City. He’s unable to talk; cops used his tattoos to identify him.

Detectives are interviewing people who know McFarland. They also searched a north Davenport house and removed some items, including carpet and furniture. Cops say there was an early morning gathering there that’s related to the case.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport