Homicide Detectives Investigating After Body Found In Alley


UPDATED: Saturday June 7, 2014 8:20 AM

Police were trying to figure out who shot and killed a man found in an alley in east Columbus.

Shortly before midnight, a man walking through the alley found a body behind a red dumpster near Bryden Road and South 18th Street.

The man then flagged down police for help.

Police say there was a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Joel I. McClean.

Police originally withheld his name until his family was notified, but officers said all attempts to identify or locate McClean’s family were unsuccessful.

Investigators were conducting an autopsy to figure out when McClean was shot.

Police were searching for witnesses and clues in hopes of finding a motive for the killing.

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