Police release sketch to identify body found in March

The Detroit News

A composite sketch of a man found dead March 21 in the city’s west side has been released by Crime Stoppers.

Authorities are hoping to identify the man who was found in the 8500 block of Greenfield near Joy Road. He was wearing a brown London Fog jacket, a blue and white pinstriped dress shirt, jeans and brown and orange running shoes. The man, around 47, 5-foot-7 and 200 pounds, was also wearing a German watch when his body was found.

This month, a Detroit police homicide sergeant has been suspended after department officials say he was found wearing an expensive watch last seen on the wrist of a homicide victim.

Sgt. Alex Vinson was the officer in charge of a case several months ago involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing an expensive, German-made watch, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed this month.

The watch was photographed and put into storage in the Homicide Section's property room.

About a week ago, while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training, fellow homicide detectives decided to reopen the case.

When detectives checked the victim's belongings from the property room, the watch wasn't the same one that was photographed at the start of the case. Instead, it was a cheaper model, Craig confirmed.

The detectives quickly informed police officials about the discrepancy, Craig said.

“We were made aware of this a few nights ago and immediately initiated an internal investigation,” Craig told The Detroit News last week. “We directed (Vinson) to return home. The case in ongoing, and the sergeant has been suspended while we prepare a warrant for review by prosecutors.”