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Ohio murder victim identified as former guitarist, songwriter for O’Jays

Frank “Frankie” Little Jr. (Permission: Twinsburg Police Department)

TWINSBURG, Ohio (WJW) – After 39 years, Ohio police have identified a murder victim whose remains were found in 1982.

Twinsburg Detective Eric Hendershott told WJW Tuesday that the remains have been identified as Frank “Frankie” Little Jr., a guitarist and songwriter for the band O’Jays.

Hendershott said the Doe DNA Project helped identify the victim.

“His identity remained a mystery for nearly 40 years,” a statement from Twinsburg police said. “In October 2021, the Doe DNA Project provided the names of potential surviving relatives who could provide Frank’s name. A close relative provided a DNA sample, which was analyzed by the Ohio Criminal Investigations Laboratory. His identity was later confirmed by Dr. Lisa Kohler at the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. ”

Police said part of the victim’s body was found in a trash bag behind a now-closed business. The remains are of an African-American male, 20 to 35 years old, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and he may have suffered from juvenile scoliosis. His cause of death was ruled by Kohler as murder.

Little was born in 1943 and raised in Cleveland. He served in the United States Army for two years, including one deployment to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The police statement also says that Little has a daughter who died in 2012, and he has a son who has yet to be located or identified.

“Not much is known about his disappearance and death. We sympathize with the family during this difficult time,” the police statement read.

https://kfor.com/news/1982-ohio-homicide-victim-identified-as-former-guitarist-songwriter-for-ojays/ Ohio murder victim identified as former guitarist, songwriter for O’Jays

JACLYN DIAZ

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