Twinsburg murder victim in 1982 identified as former O’Jays guitarist and songwriter

Courtesy: Twinsburg Police Department

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

Twinsburg detective Eric Hendershott told FOX 8 I-Team Third, the remains were identified as Frank “Frankie” Little Jr. Born in 1943, he is 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. His identification was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Twinsburg Police Department, the Doe DNA Project, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office of Criminal Investigation, and 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 on Cannon Road. The remains are of an African-American male, 20 to 35 years old, approximately 5’6 inches tall, and may have suffered from juvenile scoliosis. His way of death was ruled murder by Dr. Kohler.

Little Jr., born and raised in Cleveland. He served in the United States Army for two years, which included deployment to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The police statement also says that Little Jr has a daughter who died in 2012 and that 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. Twinsburg murder victim in 1982 identified as former O’Jays guitarist and songwriter


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