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Friday, December 17, 2021

Human Remains Discovered Four Decades Ago Finally Identified As Frank Little Jr

In recent news, remains of a body discovered back in the year 1982 have been identified to belong to Frank ‘Frankie’ Little Jr. 

The former musician of the O’Jays had joined the band in the mid-1960s as a songwriter and guitarist. He had worked on a couple of the band’s hits back in the day, which included Pretty Words and Do The Jerk. 

Earlier in the week, the police department of Twinsburg took to confirm that the human remains discovered in a small bin bag behind a business that is now closed, belong to the deceased musician. A statement released by the department noted that the DNA Doe Project’s genealogical research aided in the identification of the body after the passing of nearly four decades.

The project also supplied various names of the deceased’s potential living relatives, who were able to identify the body. The police went on to add that a close relative of Frank had provided them with a DNA sample, which they used to analyze and confirm the identity of the body. This process was carried out by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab. 

Ultimately, after taking the DNA evidence and matching it to the musician’s, Dr. Lisa Kohler, who works at the office of the Summit County Medical Examiner, identified the remains. The police revealed that Frank’s death has been deemed to be a homicide. However, as of now, there are only a couple of known details related to his death and disappearance. 

It was further determined by various forensic anthropologists that the remains of the musician had been around for nearly two to four years even before they were discovered in the year 1982. 

Eric Hendershott, a detective working at the Twinsburg Police Department, commented that the department is relieved about finally being able to give the family some answers. Moreover, he was hoping that an investigation would help them gain a sense of closure.

Remembering the late musician, the detective added that he was just like any other man who had a life and ended up in the city. However, his life was taken by someone else, and his family was left grieving his disappearance. 

The other musicians of the band have also addressed the discovery. They wished his family and friends well and hoped that they would be able to find closure, now that they had answers about his death. While giving a statement, the band members added that Frankie was a talented songwriter and guitarist, who had joined them in the very early days. 

They recalled that he had been recruited when they first ventured outside of Cleveland to travel to Los Angeles. But at the time, Frankie had been in love with a woman residing in Cleveland, whom he missed so much that he returned in a short period of time. 

The band further added that the now-deceased musician had departed for Cleveland back in the mid-1960s and the other musicians had not heard from him since then. They wished his family the best and hoped that they find closure, despite the tragic end that Frankie met.

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