Body of missing Detroit chef found, suspect in custody

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

A body discovered in a barrel outside an abandoned west side home this month has been identified as Detroit chef Douglas Calhoun.

Authorities say a tip from a citizen led them to the 14600 block of Greydale on July 7 where they found the body. Family members later confirmed that it was Calhoun.

A person of interest in Calhoun’s murder is being held on unrelated charges, police say. Detroit Police Sgt. Adam Madera said the man was arrested on a warrant out of Lansing.

Calhoun and the suspect were not acquaintances and the motive is unclear, Madera said. The medical examiner has not yet released a cause of death.

Calhoun, who is also known as “Chef Doug” or “DJ” was last heard from at 3:30 a.m. June 1.

He spent the previous night out with friends and called to let them know he arrived safely at his home in the 3500 block of West Outer Drive on the city’s west side.

Police later found Calhoun’s vehicle in the area of Fenkell Avenue and Evergreen Road, about seven miles from his home.

Calhoun is a retired Marine and his family said he owned and ran a catering business.