DETROIT – There’s new information involving the death of a 76-year-old man found by police on Detroit’s east side.
The family of Walter Dansby hadn’t heard from him for months, and police even searched his house multiple times. But it wasn’t until Wednesday (May 18) when police found his remains inside a trash can.
“I loved him like a brother,” said cousin Mack Nathan. “And we stuck together like brothers.”
Nathan flew in from Alabama Friday (May 20) to identify the body of his cousin.
Months after Dansby was reported missing, his body was discovered in a trash can seen in the video above at his Detroit home.
“He was a sweet man,” Mack said. “Him and his wife. Even when I was going through trouble in my life, they helped me.”
In March, the family filed a missing person report when they could not reach Dansby.
“I was hoping that maybe he had moved away or something or hoping that if somebody had kidnapped him, they would bring him back,” Mack said.
Danby’s body was discovered in a trash can in his backyard on Wednesday after neighbors called the police complaining of a foul odor.
“If he was, in fact, there during that entire time,” said Commander Micheal McGinnis. “That leads to it. It was concealed in a way that wasn’t easily identifiable. For the homicide detectives, we are in the first week of this investigation.”
Mack says he wants to bury Dansby in the Detroit cemetery where his mother and brothers lay before heading back to Alabama.
“That’s why I’m here,” Mack said. “And that’s why I came because no one else came. No one else did anything. And it wasn’t good. You can’t leave his body in a morgue forever. I had to come here and make sure he was taken care of.”
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