A man whose body parts were found last month encased in concretein a garage on Detroit’s northwest side is identified as a man reported missing last fall from Jacksonville, N.C., police said.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said the man is Sheldon Prawl, 23. Prawl’s remains were found May 30 partially encased in black, plastic storage crates on the 15700 block of Freeland. A man walking down the street had noticed a strong odor and discovered them.
Police had asked for the public’s help with identifying the man,releasing a photo of a tattoo on the forearm reading “R.I.P. Deisha,” with dates 8/23/81 to 4/7/09.
“The work of our forensic anthropologist in recovering his remains from the cement, and subsequent identification of the distinctive tattoo on his forearm was instrumental in his identification,” Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said in an e-mail.
The torso and head were found in one crate, and legs, arms and feet were found in another, Mazur had previously said. Cause, manner and time of death haven’t been confirmed on what’s believed to be a homicide, Mazur said.
Detroit police said the Jacksonville Police Department is handling the criminal investigation because the person went missing from its jurisdiction. Prawl appears to have been missing since Oct. 31, Mazur said.