Body in Detroit believed to be that of missing man
For more than a week, relatives wondered Larry Melton went.
The 49-year-old Detroiter had been missing since March 18, failing to show up for work or reach his family.
On Monday, their worst fears were realized. Police told them a body found at an abandoned, burned-out home on the city’s north side appeared to be the father and grandfather.
Hours later, his son still was in disbelief.
“He was a great man — hardworking, very family-oriented,” Isaiah Bradley said. “He was just a good guy.”
Melton was last seen in the 18000 block of Bloom, about two miles from where he was found, investigators said.
Loved ones had distributed fliers to seek clues but uncovered nothing until a passerby about 11 a.m. Monday spotted a body under a porch in the 8300 block of Hollywood, authorities said in a statement.
That person flagged down a police officer, who saw the body of an African-American man in his 40s, wearing sweatpants, blue boxer shorts and socks, “laying face up with trauma,” according to the release.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office was expected to determine the cause of death.
Until then, Melton’s survivors struggle for closure. “It’s just up in the air,” Bradley said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips also can be submitted through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.