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.
TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.