An affidavit for search warrants reveals new details on the investigation of a Jacksonville man found dismembered in Detroit.
According to the documents, Sheldon Shamari Prawl’s girlfriend was the last known person with him on the day he disappeared: Oct. 31, 2013. Prawl was seen walking in the area of South Shore Drive in Jacksonville that day, police said. He was 23 years old at the time.
Prawl's cut-up corpse was found partially encased in cement inside a garage behind a Detroit home on May 30, said police. A person noticed an overwhelming foul odor and called investigators.
The affidavit states that on Nov. 12, 2013, Prawl's girlfriend had a local carpet-cleaning company come into the home on South Shore Drive where she and Prawl were living.
That was also the day before Prawl’s mother, Beverley Daley, was scheduled to come to the home from New York, the affidavit says.
The affidavit states the girlfriend only made two calls to Prawl’s phone after his disappearance and she never went out of her way to contact police. There are also no records of Prawl’s girlfriend calling the Detroit Police Department, according to the documents.
Furthermore, the affidavit states that Prawl’s girlfriend was asked to take a polygraph test by detectives, but she declined.
The affidavit says Prawl's girlfriend has a brother who, on Nov. 14, declined to do an in-person interview with Jacksonville Police Department's detectives.
The brother said he was not in Jacksonville the week Prawl went missing, but that contradicted other statements given to detectives, the affidavit states. The brother has a Detroit address; his residence is located 7.6 miles from where Prawl’s body was found, the affidavit says.
Prawl's girlfriend also reported that her 2013 Dodge Durango was stolen a month ago, saying it was stolen from 9645 Shoemaker St. in Detroit, according to the affidavit.
A witness reported to detectives that Prawl was seen using a machete to do yard work at the South Shore Drive house just two weeks before he disappeared. The affidavit states that the machete could have been used to dismember his body.
The affidavit also says there were two text messages on the girlfriend's cell phone that were sent to Prawl, but were deleted before the phone could be photographed by investigators.
On June 27, Jacksonville Police searched the home on South Shore Drive --including a shed and tent in the backyard-- and seized several items, including the machete, three Tyvek suits (coveralls commonly worn by mechanics, painters, laboratory, cleanroom, and HAZMAT workers), a large section of carpet and mat from the living room, electronics, and other items.
So far, no arrest has been made.
Jacksonville Police said they are working with the Detroit Police Department on the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact JPD Sgt. Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Callers can also reach Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273. Crimestoppers will offer cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous.