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One Man's Shocking Discovery Inside Cement Containers in His Neighbor's Garage Has Detroit Police Asking for Help


"We've got to stop this, and we can't do it without the citizens' involvement."

Image source: WJBK-TV

As far as descriptive tattoos go, this one is pretty unique.

"R.I.P Deisha," the top two lines read, followed by "8-23-81 — 4-7-09."

Police released photo of tattoo on Monday. (Image source: M Live) Police released photo of unidentified man's tattoo on Monday. (Image source: M Live via Detroit police)

Detroit police are hoping that the forearm tattoo's specificity will lead to someone coming forward and identifying its owner — a man whose body was found in parts, encased in cement and inside containers, in a garage in late May.

Michigan state police are conducting a DNA drive on June 26 to try to identify the man, M Live reported.

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Family members who have missing loved ones are asked to submit DNA from two donors and any other pertinent dental records, x-rays, photos or police reports.

The information will be submitted to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), for use by investigators and medical examiners nationwide.

The man's remains were discovered May 30 by Terrance Hayes of Detroit, who only wanted to retrieve his garden hose.

He'd loaned it out some time before and entered his neighbor's garage in search of it.

Hayes found his hose — but a "bucket was on top of it so I couldn't get it out," Hayes told WJBK-TV in Detroit. "It was too heavy."

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Then an awful odor overtook him.

"Smelled like a dead rat," he told WJBK. "A smell you don't want to smell, like something dead. Real dead."

But it was no rat. Hayes discovered two containers filled with body parts — and encased in cement.

"I just saw the foot and then that's it," Hayes said.

Police arrived soon after and confirmed it was the mutilated body of an adult — a foot and a portion of the victim's head were visible through the cement. Police believe the body parts had been in the garage for five to six days.

"It was like a plastic container, blue," Hayes told WJBK, with "two clips on it to prop them open and duct tape wrapped around it so it can seal it."

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While WJBK cameras were rolling on scene, a man who said he lived at the property in question showed up; he was taken into custody for questioning.

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The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office hasn't charged the homeowner, M Live reported. No missing persons have been reported in the area, which leads police to believe the victim isn't from the area, WJBK said.

"When you know things are going on in your neighborhood please let us know because this has to stop," Detroit Police Capt. Anthony Topp told WJBK after the discovery. "This is too early in the summer for this to get going. We've got to stop this, and we can't do it without the citizens' involvement."

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