Family positively identifies body found in Detroit field as Deontae Mitchell

Deontae Mitchell abducted Tuesday night, police say

DETROIT – The family of a 13-year-old Detroit boy who was missing has positively identified his body after it was found Thursday morning in a field on the city's east side.

Deontae Mitchell was abducted by a man Tuesday night, police said. An Amber Alert was issued for him after his cousin told police they were outside Nino's Market at 15901 E. Warren when Mitchell was forced into a car. 

Police first  released images of a man they considered a suspect, Gregory Walker, and later released video of the actual abduction (watch here). Police believe Walker grabbed Mitchell at gunpoint and put him in a black Chevrolet Impala. Sources told Local 4 a black Impala was found Thursday morning near I-94 and Dickerson. 

That was after police said Walker was arrested in Ohio (read details here).

“Another coward preying on children,” Police Chief James Craig said. “This should be a message to all who perpetrate crimes against children: we’re going to continue in a very relentless way to find you and bring you into custody.” 

Mitchell's body was found at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in a field near Harper Avenue and Baldwin Street. His mother identified him at the Wayne County Morgue. 

Watch Chief Craig's Thursday morning news conference: 

Watch the surveillance video:

Watch Chief Craig's Wednesday afternoon news conference, which included statements from Deontae Mitchell's family, right here: 



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