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Uneasiness grows in case of burning dismembered body found in Cleveland

Victim not yet identified, no arrests in case
Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 10:05:39-05

CLEVELAND — Two days after Cleveland police found a dismembered body burning near railroad tracks there's a growing uneasiness among some in the East Side neighborhood where the grisly discovery was made.

"It's kind of scary," said Walter Simmons whose uncle lives just feet from a utility pole still wrapped in yellow crime scene tape. "I just don't know what to think."

Firefighters were initially called to the area of Clermont and Larchmont Road around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday morning to put out a brush fire. When they arrived, investigators say they found a dismembered body burning.

Three days into the investigation and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not identified the victim, or publicly said if it was a man or woman who was found.

People in the surrounding neighborhood said Friday the alley that runs back to the railroad tracks near where the body was discovered is frequently used for illegal dumping. However, Simmons said he was shocked by what happened early Wednesday.

"You don't know who to trust and what's going on," Simmons said. "You know, it's just not a good feeling."

Simmons said he's eager for answers in the case, that so far, seems to have so few.

"I'm just so sorry that it happened to that person," Simmons said. "But I don't want it to happen to anybody else and I don't want it to happen to me."

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Cleveland police.

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