Police Seize Machete, Carpet From Missing Dead Man's Jacksonville Home

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Jacksonville police have seized evidence from a missing man's home, a month after his dismembered body was found in Detroit.

The remains of Sheldon Prawl were found May 30th in a Detroit garage. Body parts were packed into two plastic storage crates with tops, loosely packed with concrete. His head and torso were together in one crate, while his other body parts were in the other, according the Medical Examiner's Office.

Prawl was last seen on Halloween walking in the South Shore Drive area of Jacksonville, according to police.

Jacksonville police searched the man's home on South Shore Drive late last month. That search warrant and other documents were just made public.

From the house, police seized a large section of carpet and mat from the living room, a large throw rug from the living room, a machete, as well as a computer and several cell phones. Also taken were three Tyvek body suits that mechanics wear, along with a sauna suit.

In the affidavit, police say a woman who has been identified as Prawl's live-in girlfriend said the two had an argument on October 31st, and that he texted a friend that he was going away for a few days.

The girlfriend told police when she arrived back home she found Prawl gone, along with all of his personal belongings, according to court papers.

The affidavit says there was a large deep freezer in the man's South Shore Drive home, but witnesses say the girlfriend got rid of it after Prawl's disappearance.

The girlfriend also told police her Dodge Durango was stolen in Detroit in mid-June when she visited her brother, who lives there.

There is conflicting information in the affidavit whether the girlfriend's brother was in Jacksonville around Prawl's disappearance. The brother lives some 7-1/2 miles from where the victim's body was discovered.

The court document also says a witness told police that he bought two large plastic totes for the girlfriend's brother.

The affidavit says both the girlfriend and her brother say they knew nothing about Prawl's disappearance.

At this point, Jacksonville police have made no arrests in the case and tell us this remains an active investigation.


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The search for a missing Jacksonville man has come to a heartbreaking end. His body was found dismembered in Detroit, Michigan.

The remains were discovered May 30 in a neighborhood in Detroit, and they have now been identified as belonging to Sheldon Prawl.

The 24 year old was last seen walking in the South Shore Drive area of Jacksonville on October 31, 2013.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office in Detroit says Prawl's body parts were packed into two plastic storage crates with tops, loosely packed with concrete. His head and torso were together in one crate, while his other body parts were in the other, according to Mary Mazur.

The medical examiner has not determined how Prawl died, Mazur said, saying there is no evidence of gunshot wounds. It's also been hard to determine when he died. Mazur said the medical examiner tried to identify the remains through fingerprints, but the body had decomposed too much for that to be possible. Prawl was identified after Detroit police released a picture of a tattoo on his arm.

Prawl's mother, Beverly Daley, told WXYZ-TV that her son did not know anyone in Detroit or why he would go to that city so far from where he was living in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville police are working with Detroit police on the murder case.

Anyone with information on the murder of Prawl is urged to call Detroit Homicide investigators at 313-596-2260 or Jacksonville police at 910-938-6405. Crimestoppers, 910-938-3273, is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.


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