Police have identified a person of interest and executed a search warrant in the investigation of a Jacksonville man found dismembered and encased in cement in Detroit.
According to police, Sheldon Shamari Prawl was last seen alive on the morning of Oct. 31, 2013 walking in the area of South Shore Drive in Jacksonville. He was 23 years old at the time, investigators said.
On May 30, Prawl's cut-up corpse was found partially encased in cement inside a garage behind a Detroit home, police said. A person noticed an overwhelming foul odor and called investigators.
A search warrant released this week reveal that Jacksonville Police seized several items on June 27 from a home on South Shore Drive, as well as from a utility shed and tent in the backyard. The seized items include:
- Three Tyvek suits (coveralls commonly worn by mechanics, painters, laboratory, cleanroom, and HAZMAT workers);
- Sauna suit;
- Large section of carpet and mat from living room;
- Large throw rug from living room;
- Gateway computer tower;
- Gray portable lock box with key;
- Shoe box containing letters of correspondence;
- Black iPhone with cracked screen;
- Black Samsung cellphone;
- Black LG Sprint cellphone;
- Greyhound bus receipt.
Police did name a person of interest on the warrant. But because that person has not been officially charged, NewsChannel 12 is not releasing the person's identity.
Investigators have also searched all vehicles owned or used by that person.
Prawl's mother, Beverley Daley, told NewsChannel 12 Wednesday her family had a memorial service for him in New York on Monday.
Daley had previously lost a daughter, who died of a heart attack. She said can't believe she's experiencing heartache again.
“I lost another child in the most gruesome way. You know, how dare... how could they, you know?," said Daley. "I don't know when I'm going to get over this. They traumatized the whole family. It's hard. It's hard. It's really hard to be in this situation right now. I just want justice."
Daley said her son had been living in North Carolina for about a year before his disappearance. She told WXYZ-TV that Prawl had an argument with his girlfriend before he went missing. But she said her son didn't have any reason to go to Michigan.
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.