By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The missing person case involving David Carter Sr., 39, of Melvindale has turned into an active homicide investigation, Police Chief John Allen said Friday.
Allen said on Oct. 1, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker found human remains along I-75 in Eagle Township, south of Findlay, prompting the Ohio State Highway patrol to initiate an investigation. Melvindale police saw the bulletin Oct. 3, which had information matching Carter’s description. DNA testing confirmed the match.
Anyone with information are asked to call Melvindale police at 313-429-1070 or Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-423-1414.
Carter, who worked for a local automotive supplier in Highland Park, did not show up for work Sept. 30, which family members said in media reports that they found to be unusual, and said the Sunday shift would have paid triple time.
Media reports indicate that Michigan State Police crime lab technicians searched Carter’s apartment in Gale Gardens, and the area near the intersection of Allen Road and Outer Drive for clues.
Carter’s sister, Tasia Carter Jackson, said in published reports that she knew something was wrong when she received a call from her brother’s work wondering why he had not been at his job.
She said in media reports that when she went to his apartment, the door was unlocked, which was also out-of-character for him.
Carter father, Elton Carter, said on a Facebook page created to find his son that state police were using heavy equipment to check garbage bins near Gale Gardens Apartments.
Carter has a 16-year-old son, David Jr.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])