Police: Man's body found in vacant house on Detroit's west side

Family of missing Marine ‘Chef Doug' has mixed emotions

DETROIT – Police are working to identify a body found in a vacant house Friday on the city’s west side while family of missing Marine Doug Calhoun hold onto hope it isn’t their loved one.

Read more: Marine 'Chef Doug' missing since June 1 in Detroit; $6K reward offered in search

A tip led police to the house on Greydale Street and Outer Drive, where the body of a man was discovered stuffed in a barrel.

Family and close friends of Calhoun, the chef who went missing a month ago, rushed to the scene with mixed emotions.

“We don’t want to see this for anybody’s family,” said Judy Benford, Calhoun’s aunt.

Since he disappeared, the family has held search efforts off Fenkell Avenue and Outer Drive, less than a mile from the vacant house.

Police said it will take a while to determine who the man is, if the crime happened at the house and how he died.

The medical examiner's office is investigating.

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