OLMSTED TOWNSHIP -- Since the discovery of a badly decomposed body floating in a pond Wednesday,police have worked with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office and state investigators to determine that he sustainedmultiple stab wounds.
At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police went to the retention pond off Mackenzie Road. Thebody was found by a renter currently living in a two-unit apartment adjacent to the pond. The other unit is currently vacant.
Police divers searched the pond with sonar and the nearbyunoccupiedapartment adjacent to the pond. Items ofinterest were found in the apartment.
Police see this as anisolated crime.
Police say the manis black,about20-40 years of age, 5'11"tall, approximately 142 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.
When discovered, the man was wearing a red, Betty Boop tank top,three black bras anda light black hooded jacket. He was naked from the waist down.
Police determinedhehad a rope tied around his waist and knotted from behind and the rope was attached to a piece of concrete and steel pipe.
They are attempting to ID the man throughDNA records, the Missing Persons database, and possible dental records.
Police are asking that anyone who may have information concerning this incident to contact the Olmsted Township Police Department at (440) 235-3335.
What follows is a daily chronology of events. Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Olmsted Township Police Department recovered an unidentified, badly decomposed body from a retention pond on Mackenzie Road in Olmsted Township. The unidentified body was initially discovered by a renter currently living in a two unit apartment adjacent to the pond. The other unit is currently vacant. The crime scene was secured and the victim's body was removed by the Olmsted Township Fire/Medics, Metroparks Rangers Dive Team and SERT Dive Team. The victim's body was released to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office for identification and cause of death. Thursday, April 18th, 2013, preliminary results by the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was from numerous stab wounds. Olmsted Township Police secured two (2) search warrants from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office for the retention pond and for the adjacent premises. Both search warrants were executed on Thursday, April 18th, 2013. Divers (water recovery specialist) searched the retention pond using sonar and underwater metal detectors. At the inside the vacant garage apartment located on the premises, investigators recovered numerous items of interest possibly related to the crime.