TPD: Public identifies Tulsa homicide victim through pictures of his clothes

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 06:02:02-04

TULSA - Police say they have identified the victim of Thursday morning's homicide in east Tulsa after releasing pictures of the young man's clothing.

Tulsa homicide detectives are investigating after a body was found near 11th Street and 129th East Ave.

Police say someone found a black male in his late teens to early 20s in a trail area used by 4-wheelers.  

"We are withholding the name for now," said Sgt. Dave Walker of the Homicide Division in a release. "People that have been calling in concerned it is their loved one can rest easier.  If they have not been notified as of this writing then the body does not belong to them."

A homeless man who lives in the woods found the victim. He told police his body was not there at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. He called police around 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

Sgt. Dave Walker with Tulsa Police said the male was found in plain sight on the trail. They believe it was someone he knew that is responsible.

"It appears they drove by, pushed the body out and then proceeded onto this street," Walker said. "We are working it as a murder, because a kid that age should not just drop where we found him."

Blood was found on his shorts and the back of his head.

Police have now confirmed that the man found had at least one gunshot wound. 

Investigators originally said they believed he was killed elsewhere and dumped in the wooded area. Later Walker said they did not know for sure.

Police have not been able to identify the victim. They released photos of the man's clothes in hopes that someone will be able to identify him. 

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