DETROIT (AP) — An autopsy of a 13-year-old Detroit boy who was found dead in a vacant lot after being abducted from a city street found no indication that he was shot, the medical examiner’s office said Friday.
However, the manner and cause of Deontae Mitchell’s death is still being investigated, Wayne County medical examiner’s office spokesman Lloyd Jackson said in an email.
Deontae’s body was found Thursday on Detroit’s east side. He disappeared Tuesday night while riding bikes with a cousin, who told police that Deontae had picked up money dropped by a man who was urinating outside a market. Surveillance video shows Deontae being pursued by a man, who grabbed the boy by his arm and forced him into a car.
Police have not said whether the man in the video is the same man Deontae’s cousin said dropped some money, but Police Chief James Craig said during a news conference Friday that investigators know the abduction was committed “over a certain amount of money.” Craig did not provide details.
Police believe the man in the video was 45-year-old Gregory Walker, who was arrested Thursday with a woman in Toledo, Ohio. They have said he was armed with a revolver when Deontae was forced into the car and that at some point after the abduction, he returned to the market.
Walker was being held Friday on a probation violation warrant. He was sentenced in 2013 in Michigan to two years in prison for receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle, according to state Corrections records. He also has past weapon, stolen property and drug convictions.
A 30-year-old man sought by police in Deontae’s abduction and subsequent death was arrested Thursday in Detroit. A 51-year-old man also has been arrested.
No one has been charged in the case. Police are working with the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, which will make a determination about charges, Craig told reporters.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Craig at the news conference and said violent crimes — especially those involving children — are happening too often in Detroit.
“The tragedy of Deontae Mitchell has touched the hearts of all Detroiters,” Duggan said.
More than a half-dozen people contacted police with tips after news spread of Deontae’s abduction, Duggan said, which he believes shows a change in what some have called the city’s “no-snitch” mentality.
People are saying “enough is enough,” Craig said. “When we see something that just doesn’t fit we should say something.”