The family of Marvin Kimmie told newsnet5.com that they learned on social media this weekend that Kimmie’s body had been found badly decomposed in the trunk of a car behind his girlfriend’s house.
Kimmie, 43, had been living with his girlfriend Pearl Hatley and her son 18-year-old son Larry Camp-Hatley.
Cleveland police said the body was discovered Friday night after officers responded to E. 140th street for a suspicious vehicle. Kimmie had likely been dead for more than a week.
Hatley was arrested Saturday morning and a warrant was issued for the arrest of her son.
Kimmie’s mother, Mae Brown, told newsnet5.com that she and her family members learned of the death online from posts and news stories. It wasn’t until Monday afternoon that investigators called to confirm that body had been positively identified as Kimmie’s via finger prints.
“It was even more horrible because of the way I found out,” Brown told newsnet5.com.
The family said they we well acquainted with Hatley and her son and are questioning how and why this could have happened. As of Monday night no formal charges had been filed.
“It’s a cruel way to find out that your loved one’s gone,” Marcus Kimmie, Marvin’s brother said.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office has yet to release the official cause of death.
Kimmie’s family plans to hold a vigil on Thursday night.