Monday, November 06, 2000

Fire crew finds body in burning Dumpster

Police seek help making identification

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The raised voices of three men arguing, then a loud bang that one Walnut Hills neighbor likened to a gunshot, preceded a Saturday night Dumpster fire from which a man's body was recovered.

The dead man was wearing these silver-colored metal rings
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        Cincinnati firefighters were battling the fire behind a home under construction on Buena Vista Place when they made the discovery.

        On Sunday, homicide detectives determined the man was a homicide victim but have been stymied by one question: his identity.

        Investigators did not reveal how the man died, except that he “died as the result of homicidal violence.”

        “I heard somebody arguing, a group of people, three men, shouting,” said one resident, who declined to give his name because he fears those responsible. “Then I heard a boom, and then, I listened for awhile and didn't hear anything else. Then soon after, I heard something about fire.”

        His wife added, “The person was real angry” and the arguing went on 15 to 30 minutes.

        The large Rumpke Dumpster on Sunday contained charred tree branches, discarded tires and insulation that likely was from the home being built on Buena Vista by Habitat for Humanity. No structures were affected.

        A neighbor called 911 and reported the fire at 11:35 p.m., but the fire department alerted police.

        Residents on Sunday said that the neighborhood had been plagued in past years by open drug dealing, but that police crackdowns improved safety in the area off Gilbert Avenue.

        The dead man is described as 25 to 35 years old, between 5-feet-7-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 250 to 270 pounds. His race is not known.

        He had dark hair, prominent eyebrows, a thick mustache that came below the corners of his mouth, and was wearing a sky-blue and yellow or cream-colored shirt with vertical stripes. He had a cellular phone in the front pocket of his shirt.

        He also was wearing two silver-colored metal rings: one with a large, flat, black stone, and the other in the shape of an eagle's head.

        Anyone with information is urged to call the homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040. Callers needn't give their name and might be compensated.


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