June 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Body parts found in Detroit from man reported missing in N.C.

Sheldon Prawl (Jacksonville Department of Public Safety)

Detroit — The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a dismembered body encased in concrete as a North Carolina man who went missing on Halloween.

Investigators identified the remains as Sheldon Prawl, 23, who was reported missing in Jacksonville, N.C., on Oct. 31, according to Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.

The body parts were found on May 30 in two black, plastic storage crates last month in the 15700 block of Freeland.

Prawl’s head and torso were in one storage container and his legs and arms in the other, Mazur said.

A forensic anthropologist was called in to remove the body parts, which were partially enclosed in cement.

“After multiple attempts to lift usable fingerprints from the deceased man’s remains from Freeland Street, law enforcement officials were able to obtain a usable set and also confirm identity through that means,” Mazur said.

A distinctive tattoo on the victim’s forearm also aided the investigation.

Investigators were unable to determine a cause of death, but Prawl’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Jacksonville Police Department detectives said Wednesday afternoon they are working with the Detroit Police Department on the investigation.

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

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Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.