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Officials Identify Cement-Encased Dismembered Body

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Officials have identified a man whose dismembered body was found partially encased in cement inside a garage behind a northwest Detroit home.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body as 23-year-old Sheldon Prawl, who had been reported missing from Jacksonville, North Carolina.

A cause of death was not disclosed.

Beverley Daley, of New York, said her son had been living in North Carolina for about a year before his disappearance October 30, 2013. Daley said her Prawl wouldn’t have had any reason to come to Michigan.

The cut-up corpse was found May 30 in the garage of a home in the 15700 block of Freeland by a person who noticed an overwhelming foul odor and called police.

Authorities say the identification was made after police last week released an image of a distinctive tattoo on the victim’s forearm. Daley said Prawl got the tattoo in honor of his sister, who died of a heart attack.

Investigators are still trying to identify a suspect. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detroit police at 313-596-2260.

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