Missing NC man’s body found dismembered and in cement in Detroit

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Sheldon Shamari Prawl, 23

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A Jacksonville man missing since October was found dismembered and partly encased in cement in Detroit, according to news release from Jacksonville Police.

Sheldon Shamari Prawl, 23, was last seen Oct. 31, 2013 near South Shore Drive in Jacksonville.

The body was found on May 30 in the garage of a home in the 15700 block of Freeland by someone who reported an “overwhelming foul odor.”

The body was found in two plastic storage crates with tops, loosely packed with concrete. Prawl’s head and torso were together in one crate while his other body parts were in a second crate, police said.


Image released by Detroit Police that shows unique tattoo on the victim’s arm.

The identification was made after police last week released an image of a tattoo on the victim’s forearm.

The medical examiner has not determined how Prawl died, saying there is no evidence of gunshot wounds.

“Law enforcement authorities in Michigan identified human remains found there as the body of Sheldon Prawl,” said Lieutenant Ronnie Dorn, Supervisor of JPD Investigative Services Division.

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

“We offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Prawl.  Our detectives are working closely with Detroit Police department on this active and open investigation,” said Deputy Chief Tim Malfitano.


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